Kenya peace team reviews its progress

January 31, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – The Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation team (KNDR) has called for more dynamic and concerted efforts to achieve the four agendas of the National Accord.

The team held a review meeting on Friday and raised concerns with the state of governance, the fight against corruption and the culture of impunity in the country.

A short statement from the Spokesman Nasser Ega-Musa said: “At the conclusion of the meeting, the members of the Dialogue Team agreed to redouble their efforts to work with their colleagues in Cabinet and the National Assembly to ensure more effective implementation of the KNDR agreements, particularly the reform agenda, and to restore the public’s confidence in the Coalition Government.”

“The Dialogue Team noted that progress had been made in some areas but emphasised that more needs to be done to achieve the KNDR’s objectives in a timely fashion, to meet the high expectations of Kenyans,” Mr Ega-Musa’s statement read.

The team that crafted the National Accord signed between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been monitoring the progress of the reforms contained therein.

Friday’s meeting reviewed the status of implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Review Commission and the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence, the two key committees created in the aftermath of the disputed poll of 2007.

The meeting discussed the findings of a report prepared by South Consulting – the research firm designated by the Panel of Eminent African Personalities to undertake independent monitoring and evaluation of the implementation process. They said the report will be made available to the public as soon as possible.  

The next meeting of the Dialogue Team to review the implementation process is scheduled for late April.

Key agendas contained of the Accord include: immediate action to stop violence and restore fundamental rights and liberties, immediate measures to address the humanitarian crisis, promote reconciliation and healing and how to overcome the political crisis.

Agenda Four revolves around long-term issues and solutions to prevent a repeat of the poll violence (including constitutional, legal and institutional reform; tackling poverty, inequity and regional development imbalances; tackling unemployment, particularly among the youth; consolidating national cohesion and unity; undertaking land reform; and addressing transparency, accountability and impunity).


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