President Kenyatta warns leaders against misuse of public resources

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. PHOTO/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned against misuse of public resources and challenged the country’s citizens to hold elected leaders to account for funds entrusted to them.

The President said his Administration is keen on ensuring infrastructure projects are implemented across the country so as to create an enabling environment for investment, wealth and employment creation.

“We want money allocated for development to go the right projects but not the pockets of a few people. You the people ate our employers and you have the right to hold us as leaders to account to make sure your money is used properly,” said the President Kenyatta on Friday in Mbalambala, Garissa County, when he commissioned the 50MW Garissa solar power plant constructed at a cost of Ksh.13 billion.

The facility which was developed by the Rural Energy Authority (REA) is the largest in East and Central Africa and adds to Kenya’s profile as a leader in renewal energy generation in Africa. President Kenyatta said the power plant is part of a broad government renewable energy strategy to harvest 400MW of electricity from the country’s vast solar resource. He announced that Garissa which was previously depended on unstable thermal power is now fully connected to the national power grid.

The Head of State similarly reiterated that the government is keen on narrowing the development gap between regions of the country adding that every Kenyan is part of his administration’s development agenda.

 “I see that the gap that existed  is being reduced. We are developing our country uniformly from Moyale to Namanga from Mombasa to Lake Victoria,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta consequently announced plans to construct water pans in the region for rain water harvesting.

On his part, Energy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Charles Keter thanked the leadership of Garissa for their cooperation during the construction of the power plant and announced plans to compensate locals on whose land the facility was developed.

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