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Uhuru: Crackdown On Terrorists Continues

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“We are not fighting any religion or community. Our fight is against criminals who kill innocent children, women and men going about their everyday activities including praying,” the President said.


The President was speaking during an inter-denominational thanksgiving service at Madende Primary School in Nambale, Busia County.


As the Government steps up the war against terror including employing additional security officers, President Kenyatta appealed to all Kenyans to contribute to the eradication of the menace by volunteering information that will lead to the arrest of terrorists.


“Security is a responsibility of every Kenyan. If we all work together, I am confident we will succeed in ensuring our country is safe at all times,” the President said, adding that Kenyans must realize that security is a collective responsibility and everyone should be vigilant.


Saying citizens must fully embrace the “Nyumba Kumi Initiative”, the President noted that Government-Citizen partnership in security was necessary in ensuring the country is safe.


“With adequate security, we will be able to attract more investors and expand our economy rapidly which will in turn create employment for our young people,” the President said.


Responding to those arguing that the Government is against devolution, the President said nothing could be further from the truth. He said if the Government was not supporting devolution, it would neither have devolved functions the way it did nor consistently released funds to the counties as it has done.


“The Constitution gave us devolution and no single individual or institution can get rid of it,” the President said.


On sugar industry, the President said investigations are underway to root out any illegal importation of sugar that is denying cane farmers their deserved income. He said the Government was not only keen on promoting the sugar industry in the Western region but also reviving other factories including the Webuye Pan Paper Mills that would trigger the expansion of the economy in the region.


Deputy President William Ruto said the Government would address the challenges facing the sugar industry in order to benefit the cane farmer.


As a step towards promoting sugarcane farmers, the Deputy President said the Government had agreed with the Kenya Sugar Board to have fertilizer prices reduced to Kshs.1500 for the farmers.


The Deputy President added that unscrupulous traders who imported cheap sugar and packaged it as local brands will be dealt with severely. He revealed that action has already been taken against some officials from Mumias Sugar.


Other speakers included Busia Senator Amos Wako and other local leaders.

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