Kenya PM pledges speedy reforms

June 28, 2009 12:00 am

, MALINDI, Kenya, Jun 28 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Sunday that the government would push through the reform agenda contrary to skeptics’ perception.

He said although the coalition was mooted under peculiar circumstances, partners in the current arrangement were bonded by the desire to see the entrenchment of radical changes in the governance of the country.

Speaking in Magarini constituency, the Premier insisted that the coalition was united in purpose and was destined to overcome all hurdles dogging the full implementation of the proposed institutional reforms which the parties settled for during the Serena talks.

“The coalition was formed out of peculiar circumstances but it stood the test of time and I can promise you that it will survive and deliver the pledges it had made,” he said.
Mr Odinga said that the positive impact of the partly implemented reforms were already being felt in some quarters and promised Kenyans better times ahead.

He told Malindi residents that the bureaucratic red tape that characterised delivery of services in public offices was drastically minimised following the introduction of new policy measures to counter the retrogressive practice.

Mr Odinga regretted that delays in provision of public services created loopholes for corrupt practices whose trickle-down effects increased the cost of doing business in the country.

He also cautioned the police to uphold the rule of law if the country was to establish a secure and conducive business environment that could attract investors.

“The police must ensure that the rule of law is guaranteed to every citizen and ensure that suspects are arrested and fairly prosecuted and not shoot on sight without a fair trial to establish their crime,” the Premier ruled.

Mr Odinga told the law enforcement agencies to soberly discharge their duties arguing that their failure was likely to derial government efforts to woo investors through the ongoing establishment of infrastructural development.

The premier made the reassurance when he presided over the handing over of medical equipments and drugs to Malindi sub district hospital from a team of medics from the Unites States of America.

He also hosted a farewell dinner party for the surgical medics who offered free specialised treatment to at least 154 patients at the facility over the last two weeks.

Mr Odinga toured the hospital and declared government plans to upgrade the facility to a fully fledged district hospital by the next year to cope with the needs of the public in the region.


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