, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1 – President Mwai Kibaki on Friday announced that the Assumption of the President Office Bill will soon be tabled before Parliament.
Speaking during the 49th Madaraka Day celebrations, he said the crucial Bill will provide a framework to facilitate an organised handover of power to the incoming president.
“The government has prepared the Assumption of Office of President Bill, which will be tabled in Parliament soon. This Bill, among other provisions, details how a president-elect will take over office and the processes of handing over with clear timelines,” he said.
He called on political parties, their aspirants and the rest of Kenyans to observe electoral laws especially by avoiding incitement and violence.
On his part, he assured the country that the government will ensure elections are held democratically and peacefully.
While he pointed out that the next general election will be unique and attract stiff competition among the candidates, he said it was important for Kenyans to respect each other’s rights and preferences.
President Kibaki urged Kenyans to embrace unity and stay away from incidences that will affect the country’s peace.
“Let us all be peaceful, united and patriotic during this important period. Indeed, we all have an obligation to ensure that we live up to the words of our national anthem that encourages us to dwell in unity, peace and liberty so that plenty may be found within our borders,” he said.
He further advised Kenyans to be elect leaders based on their development agenda.
He also asked politicians to be development oriented as opposed to empty politicking that will destabilise development and peace in the country.
“We must learn that although politics is an important component of our national discourse, we must place more emphasis on the economic empowerment of our people,” he said.
The president used the occasion to implore government agencies to assist young people in their investment plans to help them create job opportunities for other young people.
“I direct all relevant government agencies to develop strategies that will enable the small and medium businesses to grow financially and access larger markets,” he said.
He noted that unemployment was still a big challenge that left many young people suffering without sources of income.
The Head of State also appealed to financial institutions to make available to young Kenyans, products that can enable them access money to start businesses.