President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday called on Kenyan leaders to be selfless in their daily activities so as to positively impact the lives of the people they serve.
The President challenged leaders to always question their motives as to whether they are truly serving Kenyans or their own selfish interests.
President Kenyatta said Kenyans need to emulate and learn from those who were before them in giving service to improve the wellbeing of the country.
Speaking during a memorial service held in honour of the late former Chairperson of Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Jane Mumbi Kiano, President Kenyatta said all Kenyans need to emulate her for the great role she played in the advancement of Kenyan women.
“So if there’s anything that we can learn from her life, is what contribution are we making? What sacrifice are we giving for the betterment of the people of this country to improve their lives? Are we working for ourselves or are we working for the wellbeing of the people of this country?” the President asked.
Mama Jane was my mother, and my friend. We used to share and talk on many issues. We remember her for the many things she did for this country. Sacrifices she made without expecting anything in return | @WilliamsRuto @FirstLadyKenya @RailaOdinga pic.twitter.com/w11Vn8cl0N
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) November 2, 2018
The President said the late Jane Kiano was a focused and selfless leader who sacrificed all that she had to change the lives of many women and girls.
“We remember her for the many great things that she did for this country. She did without expecting anything in return. She did it because it was right and just to do so. She fought the fight for women not because of wealth but because it was the right thing to do,” the President said.
“Today we celebrate many women under her tutelage have also in their own right become great leaders of this country.”
The President pointed out that the trailblazers programme which he recently launched aims at recognizing the role played by outstanding Kenyan women in the service of the country.
President Kenyatta announced that the women trailblazers programme will be improved and expanded to celebrate many more women high achievers.
“I promise you that what we have started now with our trailblazers programme, we will push and enhance it and set aside a day where Kenyans can remember the women we have produced and who have gone out to make a difference in Kenya,” he added.