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Kenya: The Jubilee government symposium.

Posted by African Press International on March 29, 2016

Roba writes on Whatsapp;

I keenly followed the government symposium that took place over a couple of days ago at the KICC and I could not believe how much the government has done in three years.

During these forums – that were actually open to the public – every minister attended and discussed candidly with wanainchi (the public) what their ministry had done since 2013.

Below are works I learnt Jubilee has done:

In the last three years, Jubilee has added over 20,000 policemen and women to the Police Service and serviced 3 choppers arriving on April 1st and bought one more at a cost 683m to be delivered in June 1st.

The government has set a Command & Control Security Surveillance System and installed CCTV cameras in Nairobi and Mombasa that have enabled the police to monitor and make real-time interventions in crime situations.

Theater equipment have been installed in 24 hospitals, dialysis equipment in 15 hospitals, Intensive Care Units (ICU) equipment in two hospitals and imaging equipment in 35 hospitals.

Besides the MES Project, 15 MRIs have been installed in various hospitals. Through the Beyond Zero Campaign, 36 mobile clinics have been launched and nine operational portable health clinics put up in Kibera informal settlement through the slum upgrading project. The free maternity program has increased the number of deliveries in Public health facilities from 664,581 to 1,078,955 representing a 62.4pc increase. 17,600 poor households with orphans and vulnerable children and 198,440 elderly people and people with severe disabilities are receiving health services at no cost.

In the last three years the government has purchased 500,200 MT fertilizer valued at Sh11.5 billion and supplied it to over 500,000 households directly and another 4 million indirectly. The government has also subsidized the cost of purchasing fertilizer. Farmers are currently accessing DAP at Sh1,800 compared to a market price of Sh3,300 and CAN 1,500 against a market price of Sh2,600. The overall fertilizer market prices have also reduced from an average of Sh6,000 in 2012 to an average of Sh3000 in the year 2015/16 besides increased yields where, for instance, maize yields per hectare has increased from 15 bags (90 Kgs)/ha to 22 bags/ha in 2015, all this geared to bring up a food secured nation.

Constructed and rehabilitated 32 national trunk roads translating to 1,702km across the country. 10,000km of road under the annuity program is at the advanced stage. The Standard Gauge Railway is ahead of schedule; currently at 70pc completion rate and the first train should roll through by June next year. Once complete it will: have created over 25,000 employment opportunities, reduced freight transportation tariff charges by an average of 41.55 per tonne/kilometer, increased rail transport share in the northern corridor, and reduced damage to our roads. JKIA airport has been expanded with both terminal 1A and Terminal 2 complete. This is expected to increase passengers from 8.9 million in 2014/15 to 9.4 million in 2015/16.

On social services Jubilee facilitated the transition process and operations of the County Government; set up thirty-two (32) fully operational Huduma Centres which are now serving more than 35,000 people per day; actually over 10 Million people have been served and 12 billion shillings collected as revenue as at June 2015, from these new centers. The youth are enjoying the convenience afforded to acquire critical documents such as ID’s, HELB forms, Driving Licenses among other essential documents that allow them to move forward productively.

In energy power connections have increased as electricity costs have reduced. There is a 7.6 Billion national public street lighting program that has already covered 11 counties. It is expected to cover all the 52 major towns spread across the 47 counties by the time it is done. 93% of the 22,599 public schools are now connected to the national grid in readiness for the laptop signature project. Through the last mile connectivity project 4.3 million Kenyans (up from 2.3 million in 2013), have been connected to electricity. The cost of electricity connection has been reduced from Kshs. 30,000 to Kshs.15,000.

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