A few weeks ago, Kenya overtook Angola and became the third-largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya’s economy, under President Uhuru Kenyatta, has been on a steady rise since 2013. The economy saw a GDP of $100 billion in 2019.
In 2019, Kenya’s economic growth averaged 5.7%. This placed Kenya as one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The recent economic expansion has been boosted by a stable macroeconomic environment majoring in positive investor confidence and a resilient services sector.
That is just a little evidence of the milestones that the Kenyan President has been achieving since he took office. The rise of the country in Sub-Saharan Africa is amid the locust invasion intertwined with the worldwide corona-virus pandemic.
Kenya, under its President, is en-route to signing a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. This will be the biggest US-Africa Trade Agreement both in the Sub-Saharan Africa and the whole of Africa. The deal will boost businesses in the whole of Africa, with a centralized power-point in Kenya.
To name just a few of his notable successes;
President Uhuru Kenyatta is the only Kenyan President to have doubled the National Power Grid where 60% of that is sustainable power.
The President has built more than 700 Kilometres of Railway-line in less than 5 years.
In just seven years, President Uhuru Kenyatta has built 9000 Kilometres of tarmacked road.
Kenya under President Uhuru, has become the first country to launch 4G internet balloons in Africa.
Being a highly motivated achiever, Uhuru Kenyatta has set the bar even higher by looking to attain goals that no other Kenyan President has even thought of. This may include all the African presidents in general. The President has researched and named his goals the BIG 4 Agenda, which is already in motion.
The President’s BIG 4 agenda includes Affordable Housing. The government plans to build at least 500,000 low-cost houses in a partnership scheme with the private sector. The already running scheme will help to create over 300,000 jobs, while providing a good market for local manufacturers and suppliers.
It also includes affordable universal healthcare. The government aims to achieve a 100% healthcare cover by the year 2022. In the footsteps towards raising the healthcare standards in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta landed a Sh1.1 Billion treatment facility with the UN.
To enhance the local manufacturing industry, which is a clause in the BIG 4 agenda, the government has planned to establish special economic zones. Manufacturing companies/plants will receive several benefits such as reduced taxation. This offers employment to Kenyans and reduces the trade deficit that the country is currently experiencing.
The BIG 4 agenda also includes Food Security. The government seeks to deliver on 100% food security and nutrition commitment. It seeks to achieve this by increasing large scale production of staple foods, a move that will see 700,000 new acres of maize, potatoes, and rice being put under cultivation in a private/public partnership.
Below is an excerpt from a report released by the World Bank in Kenya.
Kenya met several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets; reduced child mortality, near universal primary school enrollment, and narrowed gender gaps in education. Interventions and increased spending on health and education are paying dividends. While the healthcare system has faced challenges recently, devolved health care and free maternal health care at all public health facilities will improve health care outcomes and develop a more equitable health care system.
Kenya has the potential to be one of Africa’s success stories from its growing youthful population, a dynamic private sector, highly skilled workforce, improved infrastructure, a new constitution, and its pivotal role in East Africa. Addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality, governance, the skills gap between market requirements and the education curriculum, climate change, low investment and low firm productivity to achieve rapid, sustained growth rates that will transform lives of ordinary citizens, will be a major goal for Kenya.
With worldly recognition, President Uhuru Kenya has continued to push social-economic development agendas in his Country.
Who taints the name of such a decorated President?
Only an overly ambitious politician would seek to taint such a President to gain political mileage. In Kenya, this has been non other but the once trusted partner to the President, his Deputy William Ruto. The Deputy has gone on a rogue path looking for political mileages. He has been dividing the once united GEMA-Kalenjin fronts, as he once did in the 2007-08 general elections.
The Deputy President has had his allies politicize every milestone the President achieves. Having being playing friends with the President, his schemes were revealed during the 2017 elections when he covertly interfered with the political processes. This has seen him go fully out opposing the government, again, through his lieutenants.
Deputy President William Ruto has awkwardly opposed the President even on development initiatives that the major opposition heads in the country have supported. When everybody else put their ambitions on check for the greater good of the country, the deputy has kept on a path to taint Kenya’s best President by merit.
This is where the late Tanzanian President’s words, Benjamin Mkapa, comes to life. In his description of the Kenyan Deputy President after the 2007/08 post election violence peace talks, the late Ex- President said the following;
“William Ruto is a power hungry, tribal, corrupt , untrustworthy and dangerous warlord.”