ODM Kenya pledges reforms

December 22, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – ODM-Kenya has promised to work closely with other political parties and stakeholders to give Kenyans a new constitution within next year.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka said it was time for parties and other stakeholders to work together to give Kenyans a constitution that will cater for their rights and interests.

“We as ODM-K declare next year, 2009, as a year of comprehensive reforms and we will work with other political parties and also stakeholders to ensure a realization of a new constitution dispensation,” said Mr Musyoka.

He said his party had sanctioned the framework established by Parliament for the reform agenda setting the roadmap towards the attainment of the new constitution.

The Vice President also assured Kenyans that his party would continue to push for policies that guarantee food security and creation of employment opportunities, further regretting that some parts of the country were being hard hit by famine due to harsh climatic conditions and called for concerted efforts in solving the problem.

“The escalating price of essential commodities reminds us of the need to brace for hard times ahead,” he said advising that it was only through unity and teamwork that such problems could be solved.

The VP, in the meantime, urged Kenyans to embrace patience and tolerance and give the Grand Coalition Government the opportunity to perform.

He was speaking at ODM-K party headquarters where he announced that the party has complied with the law set to regulate political parties in country (Political Parties Act of 2007).

The party’s compliance came even as political parties panicked over the fast approaching deadline, with only five working days left to the expiry of the compliance window.

Already Narc Kenya, Labour party and Pick among others have received the registration certificates.

According to media reports, some parties have requested the Registrar of political parties, Lucy Nding’u to allow them more time to comply.

The law will render parties largely seen as small outfits otherwise known as ‘briefcase parties’, non-existent.


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