Let’s focus on the Constitution, says VP

March 21, 2011 12:00 am

, THARAKA, Kenya, Mar 21 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged Members of Parliament to work as a team in ensuring speedy implementation of the new Constitution.

Mr Musyoka said the new supreme law will help in the fight against corruption and impunity in the country.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to fast tracking the implementation process and urged the legislators to work together in ensuring the realisation of a new Kenya.

"With the implementation of the new Constitution, corruption and impunity among other vices will be firmly dealt with in this country,’’ said Mr Musyoka.

Speaking during the burial of the former Defence Assistant Minister James Njeru Gituriandu at his Tharaka home, the Vice President said leaders should rededicate most of their time in preaching peace and reconciliation.

He challenged Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was present to stop the continued use of the tag KKK, saying the continued use of the word amounts to hate speech.

"This is a time for national healing and reconciliation and leaders should not issue inflammatory statements which can create tension and hatred among peace-loving Kenyans,’’ added the VP.

Present were Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Cabinet Minister Joseph Nyagah, MPs Martha Karua (Gichugu), Emilio Kathuri (Manyatta), and Alex Mburi (Tharaka), wife of the Prime Minister Ida Odinga and Regional Commissioner Joseph Kimiywi among other top government officials.
He warned leaders against engaging in divisive politics and instead work towards uniting Kenyans irrespective of ethnic or political affiliation.

He clarified that Kenya has not failed in its bid for the deferral of International Criminal Court cases back into the country, noting that the United Nations Security Council\’s session on Friday was informal.

"What happened in New York was just an informal consultation. To put that Kenya has failed in its deferral bid to have its cases back to the country is not correct,’’ he said.

On his part, the Prime Minister urged Kenyans to embrace the devolved government as contained in the new Constitution, saying it would bring about development in the country.

Mr Odinga said it is time Kenyans work together in implementing the new constitution, noting that the management of land will be under the counties.

He urged women to take a leading role in elective posts which have been created at the county level as entrenched in the new constitution.

The PM said there is no need for leaders to fight over the headquarters of counties and instead urged them to solve such issues amicably.

"Leaders should be at the forefront in solving such issues amicably,’’ he said.

In response to the KKK claims, he wondered why Mr Musyoka was complaining against it, yet it was he and fellow MPs in the alliance that coined it.

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