REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLECY THE VICE PRESIDENT HON. STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA, EGH, MP., DURING THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF KENYA VISION 2030 AND THE FIRST MEDIUM TERM PLAN OF KENYA VISION 2030 FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2012, JUNE 10th, 2008, PLENARY HALL, KICC, NAIROBI
His Excellency Hon Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., MP, President and Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya;
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, EGH. MP;
Hon. Deputy Prime Ministers;
Hon. Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Members of Parliament;
Your Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corp;
Representatives of Development Partners, Private Sector and Civil Society;
Senior Government Officials;
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Let me join the speakers who have spoken before me to state that I am also very delighted to participate in this historic occasion of the launch of Kenya Vision 2030. This event marks the beginning of a new era, when we dedicate ourselves to build a new Kenya not only in terms of development but also by addressing the key social and political issues.
Indeed the Kenya Vision 2030 beckons us to face the challenges of nationhood by embracing the spirit of not only venturing into the future but by also utilizing our diverse strengths as a society to achieve our aspirations as a country. It is a dream that as we move towards the Vision we do so in a united, caring and just society with much expectation that the future we aspire is one of a prosperous country where all can enjoy a better livelihood in a peaceful environment.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
The spirit of Kenya Vision 2030 is for us to foster holistic growth with the economic pillar addressing the basic production and living conditions. While the social pillar challenges us to remove inequality in our midst as well as to build an environmently friendly State; and finally, the political pillar beckons us to respect each others rights as we practice people centered and issue based politics. We must believe in ourselves and rediscover our faith firmly believing that together we can do it.
In a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen, the economic factors of growth be it natural resources, human resources, capital accumulation, entrepreneurship and technological factors will work only when combined with non-economic factors such as cultural attitudes, social values and institutions as well as political and administrative changes. This is the path we have chosen to walk, and we must remain focused in the interest of all of us Kenyans and for our future generations.
Today represents a celebration when we Kenyans begin a critical journey whose time has come. The Kenya Vision 2030 is a dream we begin to live today not at the end of twenty two (22) years. Our recent history has shown us that with determination we can come together for a common purpose. Let us therefore in the same way join hands to build our country as envisioned in the Kenya Vision 2030. The Grand Coalition Government faces the challenge of midwifing the process of implementation. As leaders we must therefore lead the way.
Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me once again urge all of you present today and all Kenyans wherever they are to own the Kenya Vision 2030, play your roles and work as brothers and sisters, to build this blessed nation.
May God bless you all.
June 10, 2008