SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA C.G.H., PRESIDENT ANDCOMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYADURING THE OPENING OF THE INDEPENDENT PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AFRICA(AIPCA) WOMEN COUNCIL CONFERENCE AT THE PROPOSED AIPCA THEOLOGICALCOLLEGE GROUNDS AT KAMULU, NAIROBI ON 14
From the time of Moses, the Church has historically played an important role in the questfor a just and fair society.The Church has often led the way in showing what the spirit of sacrifice and giving is allabout.In our particular case, the Church has doubled as the conscience of our people as well as aguarantor of the spirit of a God-fearing people.I am delighted to be here, at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa, andparticularly to preside over the Women Council Conference. This Church has never had thefear of Africanising divine worship. But it also has not parted from the ideals of a Christianworship.Ladies and Gentlemen,My government, as you are aware, is deeply committed to empowering women and girls. Itis committed to giving them the same opportunities as men and boys have had for ages. It iscommitted to ensuring that we grow a society in which all human beings are truly equal –and in this particular case, regardless of their gender or religion.We are committed to the growth of micro-finance institutions, the majority of whosecustomers are women. We continue to engage with women leaders and women groups andother stakeholders on how to ensure these services reach the majority of our people,because a true democratic society is manifest in both the economic power of its women,and how society in general treats women.Much is often said of my government’s laptop project. We see it as a tool that will prepareour young people for the challenges of the years ahead. We see it as helping us focus ondelivering the energy infrastructure and the innovation required to be competitive. But wealso see it as a tool of lifting everyone, including girls, to a level of competitiveness that willmake them marketable in a globalized world.To match that, of course, is our commitment to promote education for girls and increasethe number of boarding school places for them. My team at the education ministry isworking on this agenda because, for us, jeopardizing girl education would harm the country.Ladies and Gentlemen,Finally, let me talk about empowerment of women. You are aware that my government hascommitted to implementing the one-third rule in appointments to government andparastatals. In some cases, we have done it outright and in some cases progress is slow. Butwe intend to deliver on these things as outlined in our manifesto.