Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has urged leaders to stop pointing fingers at retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration and in turn focus on working towards changing the current economic situation.
Mudavadi made the remarks on December 26, while gracing the 44th edition of the “L’loogoli Cultural Festival at Mbale Municipal grounds in Vihiga County.
Acknowledging that the former administration messed up the economy, Musalia also pointed out that it was time to stop the blame games.
He reiterated that the time for blame games is long gone adding that it was time to rally together as the leadership and as a people to change the course of the country’s economic future.
“As government we were elected by the people to fix the mess not to point fingers and do absolutely nothing,” he said.
Additionally, he urged leaders to focus on working for the people and stop the early political campaigns.
He said, “We have work cut out for us to deliver as leaders, another 3 Christmas celebrations await us before the general elections and that is what the constitution states.”
On the other hand, he assured Kenyans that the Kenya Kwanza Government is making deliberate efforts to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living.
Mudavadi Defends the Govt
Maintaining the governments’ position that it inherited a dilapidated economy, the Prime CS urged Kenyans not to misinterpret the governments’ position when called upon to tighten their belts for a little while.
“We promise Kenyans that we shall live up to each and every commitment we made and where we shall face challenges.
For sure we will tell Kenyans the truth without hiding any cards under the table,” said Mudavadi.
He further added that corruption and misuse of public funds will not be tolerated within the governments’ framework, urging Kenyans to follow suit and be law abiding citizens.
“When given a chance to serve, be a servant to the people and not a master of double standards whose agenda is to fulfill self-interests at the expense of service to Kenyans,” Mudavadi stated.
Furthermore, the PCS insisted that turning around fortunes for Kenyans is still the key priority agenda for President William Ruto’s administration.
Although the year has been tough economically for many Kenyans, Musalia was optimistic that there is hope in the near future and called for patience.
Prime CS Calls for Patience
“My plea to Kenyans, even as we bid goodbye to 2023, is to remain optimistic and support policies of government. The government means well for all Kenyans,” he assured.
Furthermore, he went on to affirm that he will be at the fore front to ensure Kenyans have correct information and statistics with regards to the economic situation of the country.
This is due to the fact that he has served in previous governments as the minister for finance and in other capacities.
Additionally, he affirmed that President William Ruto has laid key strategies including conforming to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank regulations.
Also, according to the PCS, signing of key economic partnerships with the European Union Economic Partnership Agreement suffices as a good example.
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While defending Ruto’s trips, he stated that the key talks being held with other countries are part of the remedies taken to try make things work for the better.
Vihiga Cultural Festival
At the cultural festival, Mudavadi who is the patron, congratulated the initiates who have graduated into adulthood after undergoing the cut early this month.
Under the theme “Eng’embe Ya Mulogooli”, he told the youth that it is time they properly utilize their skills and talent not forgoing culture to advance their future.
Likewise, he has called on the diversification of the festival to accommodate the changing times within the society.
“The youth around the median age of 20 years comprises of at least 70% of Kenya’s current population.
If their needs are not addressed through cultural diversification and embracing the changing global technological aspects, then the future generations might be disadvantaged in many ways,” noted the prime cabinet secretary.
Also, Musalia told the Western Kenya people that the development agenda promised and agreed upon within the Kenya Kwanza manifesto for the region remains on course.
He further pointed out at the stadia and roads in Vihiga as an example of what the government is working towards implementing as the new year begins.
Furthermore, he said the Mbale Municipal grounds where the annual cultural festivals usually take place will be renovated to a public recreation facility under the Vihiga County leadership.
In addition, key Maragoli Cultural Society sites shall be set up in the neighborhood within Mbale Town, the County headquarters.
Nonetheless, this years’ circumcision rites took place on targeted boys after seven years of waiting since 2016.
Notably, in 2021, circumcision was put on hold due to Covid-19 and in 2022, elders decided not to conduct the rites due to General Elections.