VP seeks public support against ethnicity

August 1, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has asked Kenyans to support the government in the fight against negative ethnicity in the country.

Mr Musyoka said it was high time leaders irrespective of tribe and political affiliation come out forcefully in preaching peace and unity among the people of Kenya for the sake of development.

The Vice President at the same time dismissed reports appearing in a section of the press that the Cabinet was divided over trying the post election violence offenders.

He said the Cabinet was united in looking for ways of solving problems facing the people of Kenya.

"The Cabinet is the most united and has resolved to move forward together in the search for a lasting solution to problems facing the people of Kenya. We have decided to take decisions aimed at healing the nation," Mr Musyoka said.

Speaking at Lumulu Primary school in Saboti Constituency in Kitale West District, Mr Musyoka said: "We have resolved to say no to impunity and yes to healing so that this country can be united".

He said that there was need for justice to be demonstrated at home noting that Kenyans were well placed to deal with problems facing them instead of relying on outsiders.

"I want to assure Kenyans that the Government has declared war on negative ethnicity and that it will not allow tribal war witnessed after the last general election to recur," he said.

Mr Musyoka, who is also the Minister for Home Affairs, reiterated the government’s commitment to the reform agenda.

"I wish to make it clear that the Kenyan leadership is committed to getting on to fast track the reform agenda for the people of Kenya," he said.

The VP added that he was optimistic that Kenyans would have a new constitution by next year if leaders took a common stand in fast tracking the reform agenda.

Earlier, Mr Musyoka opened a building, which was funded by the Weald School from England through Dove Guiding and Counselling Centre, a non -governmental organisation. He also presented a certificate of merit to Weald Schools for the good construction work at the Lumulu primary school.

Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa supported the move taken by the Cabinet to come up with the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, saying it was the only way to unite Kenyans who were divided on tribal and political lines.


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