What you need to know about the State of the Nation Address

President Uhuru Kenyatta during last year's State of the Nation Address to parliament. File Photo: Courtesy.
Article 132 of the Constitution of Kenya requires the sitting President to give a State of the Nation address on the progress of his administration in Parliament every year.

The same constitution also requires the President to outline measures and progress undertaken, in effecting article 10 of the Constitution which touches on national values, international obligations and the status of the country’s national security.

The State of the Nation Address which will be given today welcomes a lot of expectations from Kenyans as well as political leaders.

The runaway corruption and lack of employment remains a ticking time bomb and top the list of expectations of many Kenyans.

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Definitely, it is an important session for the country and the sitting government to assess major developments and setbacks in the pursuit of fulfilling its mandate to Kenyans.

The handshake, which has elicited sharp criticism and divisions among political leaders is seemingly an important agenda for President Uhuru.

It is inarguable that the Big Four Agenda will be among the key areas the President will be expected to outline its progress.

Important to note, some political leaders have on record expressed their resounding doubt on the viability of the Big four Agenda. With those allied to Deputy President William Ruto saying the handshake between President Uhuru and NASA leader Raila Odinga had become an affront to the implementation of the Big Four Agenda. The two sides have been attacking each other with the latest being an impeachment motion targeting Deputy President William Ruto.

Gatundu South member of parliament is on record saying the President was out of time to fulfil the Big Four Agenda.

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On March 26, 2015, the State of the Nation address came with an unprecedented shocker to many, with President Uhuru laying bare the list of shame implicating some of his cabinet secretaries, governors and government officials of corruption claims. Many were ordered to step aside to pave way for investigation.

But even after President Uhuru taking such stern action, corruption has remained a thorny issue in the Jubilee government as the national debt keeps ballooning every day.

Definitely, if the recent politicking is anything to go by then it's no doubt that today’s address comes with a lot of expectations.

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