Kenyans have expressed optimism that the brand new yr will carry excellent news in comparison with 2022 the place households fell on laborious financial occasions because of rampant inflation.
Political leaders, spiritual leaders, businessmen and wananchi hope that by 2023 the financial system will get better from the recession, which in flip will cut back the price of residing. Kenyans have additionally exuded confidence that Kenya’s Kwanza authorities will ship on guarantees it made through the campaigns to create jobs, lower taxes on the costs of primary items and hold the nation collectively after a divisive vote.
“On behalf of the Judiciary, I wish all Kenyans and people living in our country a very blessed, peaceful and prosperous New Year. I join everyone in giving thanks for our resilience and perseverance in 2022. We overcame very difficult challenges and a very tense and difficult election year, says Chief Justice Martha Koome. “As a judiciary, we’re dedicated to making sure efficient justice to all, notably to clear the backlog of circumstances and attain out to the marginalized in distant areas,” said Chief Justice Martha Koome.
The Chief Justice said the recruitment of 20 more High Court judges will go a long way to ensure timely delivery of justice.
“We’re grateful that the Supreme Courtroom has one other 20 judges who will boast of our capability. I understand that the variety of judges continues to be low however attraction for persistence from stakeholders because the JSC painstakingly executes its recruitment mandate,” Koome said
She added that more high court registries and mobile courts will be established across the country to increase access to justice. Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka thanked the people of Bungoma for electing him and said he will now start delivering on the promises he made.
Lusaka said he is confident that 2023 will be a good year compared to 2022 which had many challenges such as the high cost of living, drought and a tense election period.
“From January 3, we might be within the area working for the individuals of Bungoma. We’ve already tendered the fertilizer and we’ll distribute it to the farmers early subsequent yr in preparation for the lengthy wet season. We can even pave 23 new roads and full ongoing tasks such because the Brigadier – Naitiri street, Kanduyi Stadium and the 300-bed Maternity Hospital,” stated Lusaka.
He continued: “I will employ 245 health workers, ECDE and Tvet teachers. We will also launch the scholarship program for needy students who sat for the 2022 KCPE examination. We want to invest more in education so that we can prepare the future for the next generation,” Lusaka stated. Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki described 2022 as a yr of dangerous recollections however very magical moments.
“We also had the toughest political season in Kenya,” Njuki added, saying he was wanting ahead to a 2023 that might be essential in laying the muse for the Hustler nation.
“For us, it is all systems go. This will be the year to implement the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto without excuses because we already have everything and everyone in place,” Njuki stated.
He stated the Council of Governors (CoG) and the Well being Committee which he chaired have been decided to stop disruption within the well being sector by partaking the workforce in ongoing labor disputes.
“We continue to seek an amicable solution to an impending strike notice by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) as we commit to the way forward,” Njuki stated. Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi stated his authorities had spent the previous 4 months tackling the county’s wage invoice. He additionally condemned the pending payments of Sh7 billion together with Sh2 billion incurred in 2021 alone.
Wamatangi has promised to prioritize the county scholarship allocation doubling the annual expenditure to Sh200 million right into a supplementary price range within the first month of 2023.
“We are assembling two road construction equipments, one covering Kiambu East sub county and another for West sub county to fix all the roads.
“The province will install cabro block making machines in selected polytechnics and start the production of its own material to fix all the roads in the cities starting with the ten biggest,” Wamatangi said.
He also promised to install solar lighting in towns in the area and use the first three months to enroll all residents in the Universal Health Coverage Scheme.
Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa thanked residents for giving him a mandate in the last election.
“We have seamlessly formed a county cabinet and appointed chiefs and other senior officials to implement his six-point agenda.
“This is the year all devolved entities must maximize identified revenue streams through automation to increase their own revenue. Kakamega County, for example, aims to raise Sh3 billion up from Sh1.2 billion to help complete ongoing projects and initiate new ones, ” stated Barasa.
Because the chairman of the county governors’ finance committee, he hoped the nationwide authorities wouldn’t delay disbursement of fair proportion this yr.
The Nyambene Miraa Merchants Affiliation (Nyamita), essentially the most vocal miraa commerce foyer, issued a two-page 22-point want listing for the business by 2023. The foyer stated high of its listing was to get the Ministry of Agriculture to kind a board for the Agriculture and Meals Authority (Afa ) and the Crops (Miraa) Laws 2022 and the Miraa Code of Conduct apply in full. “We additionally desire a clear transition for miraa below the directorate, together with a particular allocation for the Miraa Analysis Institute and the Miraa Crop Revitalization Venture below the nationwide authorities which is being revived to finish infrastructure tasks,” Nyamita chairman Kimathi Munjuri said.
Munjuri added that the industry wanted a renegotiation of the terms of trade with its main export market in Somalia which would see the removal of a disputed $4.5 per kilogram commission and also the removal of miraa from negative listing by the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) and Kenya Railways that prevented consumption on trains and planes even within Kenya and its movement within the country allowed like any other crop.
According to Bertha Lutome, a photographer, she is looking forward to enter the year 2023 in style, full of energy and hope after the tough economic times experienced globally, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and long election period.
“My expectation for the brand new yr is to advance my profession and use my pictures abilities to inform compelling tales by the lens. I’m additionally optimistic that we’ll expertise constructive financial developments that can make life bearable for many Kenyans,” said Lutome .
She hopes those in power will empower Kenyan youth to create jobs and not job seekers by promoting Kenyan creative industries.
Meshack Onzere Mulongo, Vihiga County Executive at the Department of Gender, Culture, Youth, Sports, Children and Social Services said 2022 was relatively a good year for him after he achieved the resolutions he made when the year started.
Onzere said being nominated as county minister by Area Governor Wilber Ottichilo, it was like a dream come true for him to serve the people of Vihiga.
“As we transfer into 2023, I sit up for serving to the governor fulfill among the guarantees he made in his re-election campaigns. My division works with the youth and I’m decided to make sure that all their wants are met,” said Onzere.
According to Truphena Itemere, a Nairobi business woman who deals in courier services said her goal in 2023 is to make more money through her ventures, create more networks and attract more clients to her businesses.
“I additionally goal to work together with my clients to grasp each their wants and perceptions of our model.”