By Nkonge I Kaggwa and Jessica A Badebye
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on African leaders to answer charges of corruption against them by coming out in full force to confront this evil and own up to the challenges at hand so as to design strategies to move forward for the prosperity of their own countries.
Addressing a fully-packed Ugandan Parliament on the third and last day of his first state visit to the country since he was elected two years ago, the Kenyan leader, son to Kenya’s first post-colonial leader Jomo Kenyatta, discouraged the syndrome of African leaders lamenting on the issue of corruption like they are helpless to do anything about it yet there is a lot that can be done for their people. “Mr Speaker, let me be clear. We are often quoted negatively as if we are lamenting on this issue. We need to have credible institutions that can be effective in curbing corruption. We must own up to the challenges as they are,” he said.
On the East African community (EAC), Kenyatta said EAC integration is one of the fastest growing in Africa and the entire world with a lot of hope in terms of development. He confirmed that Kenya and Uganda are doing well in partnership citing the development of the Northern corridor integration project that is expected to improve social infrastructure between the two countries. He added that the Standard gauge railway that has started in Mombasa is progressing well and is set to reduce the transport cost to and from Kenya by 60 per cent. He prophesied that once infrastructures like electricity, railway and roads are dealt with, the region’s economy will boom and progress fast like the rest of the fast growing economies. He revealed that a lot of construction is ongoing at Mombasa, as the port is going to be redeveloped to meet global standards. He reiterated that such infrastructure should be looked at as projects for all countries within the region as well as their citizens, adding that member countries have worked hard to ensure that all people work together to ensure that business is made simple.