MURANG’A, 15 September 2018 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed the need to protect the family unit, saying it is an important cog in ensuring a stable and prosperous nation.
The President said no significant development could be realized in the country in the absence of strong families that help in building great societies.
“The foundation of a society is the family unit. We cannot achieve anything without strong family bonds which also contribute to the unity of the nation,” said President Kenyatta.
The President spoke at St. Anns Gathinja Catholic Church in Kiharu Constituency, Murang’a County, during a wedding ceremony of Senator Francis Irungu Kang’ata and Mary Wambui.
The Head of State congratulated the newly married senator, saying the decision to settle down in marriage set a good example for the youth.
“We are all here to witness our senator getting married. I thank him for deciding to settle down in marriage. This demonstrates a good example worthy to be emulated by other young leaders,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State wished the newly married couple God’s blessings and a happy marriage as they continue to serve Kenyans.
President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to protect families so as not to derail the foundation of a stable society.
“Let us build and protect our families. This will enable us bring up upright children who will be able to lead this nation in future,” said President Kenyatta.
Responding to sentiments of the Catholic Church leadership on the issue of sustained fight against corruption and economic crimes in the country, President Kenyatta thanked the clergy for supporting his agenda of rooting out the vice.
The President said by fighting corruption, the Government would be able to deliver quality services to wananchi as it remains focused on its transformative agenda.
“We are going to ensure all public resources are protected and accounted for by those given the mandate to serve in public offices,” President Kenyatta told the Catholic leadership.
In a letter by Murang’a Catholic bishop James Maria Wainaina, which was read to the congregation by the presiding priest, Father Martin Wanyoike, the bishop said the church is firm in its support for the President as he fights graft.
“As a church we are solidly behind you in the fight against graft. We are happy with what you are doing to protect public resources,” said Bishop Wainaina in his letter read to the congregation.
President Kenyatta also said his government will continue improving road infrastructure in the country and assured the residents of Murang’a that the upgrading of the Murang’a-Gatheru-Wanjegi-Waithaga road to bitumen standards will start soon.
Led by Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, political leaders among them MPs – both from the Senate and the National Assembly – assured President Kenyatta of their support in achieving the Big 4 agenda.
They also pledged their support to the President in the fight against graft, saying those opposed to the cause are enemies of development and Kenyans at large.
They commended President Kenyatta for his decision to return back to Parliament the Finance Bill 2018/2019 for re-consideration.
The leaders said once they hold the special sitting on Tuesday and Thursday next week, they will deliberate and support President Kenyatta’s proposal of a 50 per cent reduction of VAT on all petroleum products.
“We thank you for reducing VAT on petroleum products to 8 per cent. The only thing for us to do is to support your agenda of enhancing the lives of Kenyans,” said Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
The Presiding priest, Father Martin Wanyoike, said marriage is an institution founded by God and those who trust and rely on him will be able to enjoy its benefits.
The priest said although the institution of marriage continues to face threats, it can only survive when couples trust each other and rely on God.
The bridegroom, Senator Kang’ata, thanked the President, leaders and wananchi for gracing his wedding saying it is a great honour to him and his bride.