The President signs the visitors book at the Kenya National Assembly as the EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega and the Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Hon Phyllis Kandie look on.
The President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta addresses an attentive House.
East African Legislative Assembly
PRESIDENT KENYATTA ADDRESSES EALA
Lauds Assembly for improved performance, calls for more citizenry participation
East African Legislative Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya, October 14, 2015: President Uhuru Kenyatta has today addressed EALA, calling on the Assembly to consolidate its work for the furtherance of the integration process. President Kenyatta further said the citizens of the region were yearning to freely move, work and enjoy the tangible benefits of integration.
The President was addressing a Special Sitting of the 2nd Meeting of the 4th Session of the 3rd Assembly which commenced in Nairobi last week.
The President reiterated his commitment and that of his Government to the integration process. “I will begin by repeating my Government’s complete commitment to East African integration. I know that the future of each of us in the region is bound up with the fate of all the rest. Leaders must create the laws, the institutions, and the framework that will help us face that future together. Kenya will play its part in that great task”, President Kenyatta said.
The President further urged stakeholders in the integration dispensation to go the extra mile and create awareness to the citizens of the region. He remarked that citizens of the region needed to be fully aware of the integration process. He said this was a role to be undertaken by both politicians and the ordinary people as well.
“I wish to make is that we who are convinced of the imperative of integration must communicate it better to our people.Too often, the integration of East Africa is taken to be merely a political matter - a job for politicians, not ordinary people. True, leaders must lead. But we have failed to spark the imaginations of East Africans when it comes to integration”the President remarked.
The President maintained that the Summit of EAC Heads of State was committed to ensuring the region’s infrastructure is improved for the betterment of their lives. “Some of you will recall that several of my brothers came to the signing and witnessing of agreements for the Standard Gauge Railway, some time ago.
Others – perhaps more, given that it was earlier this month – will recall that my brother President Jakaya Kikwete of United Republic of Tanzania visited Kenya to commission the Taveta-Arusha road” President Kenyatta said.
“These projects are representative of the hard work that has gone into knitting the nations of the community together by road, rail and air” he added. The President lauded the Assembly for its enhanced performance and challenged them to go the extra mile in realizing its mandate.