SPEECH BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 21ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE P.C.E.A. AT ST. ANDREWS CHURCH, NAIROBI

On July 19, 2018 In Statements and Speeches

The Moderator of the 21st General Assembly,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. I would like to thank the Almighty God for the opportunity to grace this occasion of the Installation of the Moderator of the 21st General Assembly Rt. Rev. Julius Guantai Mwamba, Secretary General Rev. Peter Kania Kariuki and the Honorary Treasurer Mr. Amon Nderi.

  1. I congratulate you for the opportunity you have been handed to serve God and humanity. My prayer this morning is that you will be able to steer this Church to greater heights.

  1. I note with appreciation that this Church spreads throughout East Africa with Churches in Uganda and Tanzania. The Church’s presence in Eastern Africa buttresses and affirms our commitment to regional integration.

  1. The Presbyterian Church and the state have continued to enjoy mutually beneficial cooperation, especially in areas such as education, health, agriculture and even tourism. We are grateful to the P.C.E.A. Church for its role in support of these sectors.

  1. I am committed to ensuring that equal opportunities are offered to every Kenyan by continuing to provide free primary education and affordable health care.

  1. I am aware that the Presbyterian University of East Africa is yet to be fully chattered, and this is an issue that my government is addressing. Your university will receive a chatter in due course, once all procedures are completed.

Moderator,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. Drug abuse is a major vice in this country and has continued to impact negatively on the lives of our young people. As a Government we will continue to work with religious leaders in the fight against drug abuse.

  2. This is an area where we have a major role to play as partners and we must embrace that opportunity.

Moderator,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. Let me close by returning to two themes I spoke strongly about in my State of the Nation address. One is corruption. The second national unity.

  1. To win the fight against corruption, we need all hands on deck. We need religious leaders and groups to play their role. We need other arms of government to play their role. We need Kenyans across our country to play their role. We have made a commitment to tackle corruption and we will continue to do so with great zeal.

  1. National unity is another objective to which we are committed. It is a value to which we dedicated ourselves when we took office two years ago, and one that will remain a driving force during our tenure in office.

  2. We will do everything in our power to cement national unity, grow our economy, and bring prosperity to Kenya, the country that God ordained for us.

  1. Last week, we suffered a horrendous assault on our nationhood and values by Al Shaabab terrorists bent on changing how we live.

  1. Again, I take this opportunity to condole with the families of those who lost their loved ones. I also wish a speedy recovery to those in various stages of convalescing.

  2. My pledge to our country is this: we are giving our all to ensure that our country is secure.

I thank you and God Bless you.

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