How Kenyans are trying to save their country
Kenya’s Prime Minister Mwai Kibaki has said that he wants the country’s economy to become the envy of the world once again.
Speaking to a meeting of the nation’s ruling National Assembly, Kibakis also said that his government has been preparing for the possibility of a new wave of refugees.
“I want Kenya to become a real world model,” Kibakisve told the Assembly, as quoted by the Kenyan news agency, The Nation.
“We have to have a vision that we are a model nation, and I think that is the key to achieving that,” Kiberakis said.
Kibakin said that Kenya’s economic growth will increase as people are encouraged to return to their home countries and seek work, adding that Kenya is not going to be able to continue to grow if the country doesn’t improve its economy.
“The country needs to start thinking like a business,” Kiyomizu told the assembly.
“It needs to focus on getting people back to their country, to the country they love, to a country that they can go to, work, and return to,” he said.
He also said Kenya needs to improve the quality of education, saying that Kenya needs better schools for students, as well as better medical facilities and hospitals.
The new government has said it wants to attract refugees, but there has been a shortage of workers in the refugee camps, with more than 10,000 people reportedly being employed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Food Program (WFP).
Kenya is the most populous country in Africa and has been experiencing a sharp increase in the number of migrants arriving from Africa.
On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has taken office two weeks ago, announced that the country will accept up to 10,600 refugees.
The United Nations estimates that nearly 500,000 migrants and refugees have fled conflict and persecution in Africa, while another 10,700 have crossed the border into Kenya.
Kenya is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, with about 3 million people living there.
Kenyathia is the second largest Muslim country in the world after Nigeria, according to the World Factbook, and its capital, Nairobi, is the world capital of Kenya.
Kiberaki, a former military general who became president last year, has made his country the focus of a national campaign against the influx of refugees and migrants.
In October, he issued a new policy called “Kenyatta: One Kenya” that would require refugees and migrant workers to apply for a permit from the government before they can return to Kenya.
Kenyan Prime Minister Kiyomi Mwamengo, seen here in October, said that the government is taking on the refugee crisis “in all its forms” in a speech to the nation on Tuesday.
Mwamedu Nyamanga/AFP via Getty Images Kenya is also in the midst of a wave of protests against the government, with hundreds of thousands of Kenyatans staging a nationwide demonstration on Tuesday to demand that the new government address the refugee influx.
Some 1,200 protesters were arrested as the protests erupted in several cities, including Nairobo, Kiberakias home city.
“You have to start taking a stand against this,” Mwambo said in a statement.
“If the refugees are coming here to take over our country, we will have to make sure we have adequate services, clean water, sanitation, and health services for the refugees.
And if the refugees have no way to get these things, we must do everything in our power to protect our citizens from the refugees.”
The country has been facing a growing refugee crisis since the country adopted a new constitution in May, which made it illegal to accept migrants.
Kenya has a history of mass displacement, with millions of people fleeing conflict and political persecution in the country.
Mweka Bui, a refugee who is currently living in a camp in the capital, Mombasa, said she hoped that Kenya could find a solution to the refugee issue in the coming months.
“This is a huge issue,” Bui told The Associated Press.
“Kenya needs to get together and take a stand and show that we have enough people to take care of our own people, and not just the refugees,” she said.
“That means that we can put an end to the crisis.”
Kenya has been plagued by unrest and political instability since 2011, when the country was split between two rival governments, with the opposition leader, Mwapo County Councilor and the countrys former president, Raila Odinga, ruling in charge of the country for decades.
Kenya had been a leading contender to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but the bid fell through in 2012, when Kenya became the first African country to declare a state of emergency.