Adoption of Vision 2030 Sessional Paper a step in the right direction

By Mugo Kibati

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In Kenya, the journey towards implementing Vision 2030 has over time continued to epitomize this Chinese wise saying.

The journey towards ensuring the legitimate implementation of Vision 2030 received a much-needed shot in the arm from the National Assembly in December 2012. Through it, the Kenyan people will believe in, own the Vision, and thus ensure its successful implementation.

Following the tabling of Sessional Paper No. 10 of 2012 on Kenya Vision 2030 early this month, Parliament proceeded to decisively debate and unanimously adopt the paper it into national policy. This adoption came hot on the heels of the recent Cabinet approval during its November 22nd sitting.

This Sessional Paper will now play a key role in providing a legitimate anchor for Vision 2030 as the country’s economic and national development guiding policy framework and ensure it is sustained up to 2030.

Even more important for me, is the fact that the Sessional Paper adoption has helped deliver Vision2030 to the hands of the public. The adoption of the Sessional Paper by the peoples elected representatives means that Vision 2030 is now a people driven development blueprint.

From where I sit, I do salute the Cabinet and Parliament for a job well done in passing Sessional Paper No. 10 of 2012 to pave way for the legislative institutionalisation of Vision 2030. The leadership role played by both President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga is also noteworthy and one that I am very proud to be associated with.

Indeed, with the adoption, Vision 2030 is now a national development policy and not just a strategy paper. The adoption of Sessional Paper No. 10 of 2012 effectively paves the way for the sustainable implementation of Vision 2030.

A key tenet of the Vision 2030 is underpinned by the fact that it transcends any government of the day and therefore must be owned by Kenyans of all cultures, races, religions and geographical locations.

Buoyed only by the goodwill of the government of the day, the Vision 2030 strategy and policy framework has been in application since the year, 2009 without formal discussion and adoption by Parliament.

Such application and implementation without the much-needed legislative authority has always meant that; though robust, Vision 2030 hitherto lacked the necessary legal framework muscle.

However, the parliamentary adoption of the Sessional paper now opens the doors for further strengthening of the national policy.

Among other steps, we at the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) shall now move fast to conclude elements such as the drafting of a bill to anchor the policy. The drafting of the bill arises from the need to ring fence Vision 2030 and to ensure the continued implementation of the Vision through successive regimes.

Beyond constitutional alignment, the draft Bill will incorporate elements such as the National Values and Principles of Governance. National Values and Principles of governance as espoused in our constitution remain fundamental ingredients to ensuring the success of Vision 2030.

These values though routinely ignored hold a prime position in our constitution as they provide the preamble to all other articles.

In its core formulation, Vision 2030 focused on the fundamentals of development through the Social, Economic and Political pillars alongside an auxiliary pillar known as the Enablers and Macro Pillar, covering projects, interventions and initiatives whose impact ultimately cuts across all the other three pillars.

From this perspective, the adoption of the sessional paper by the legislature in their capacity as the people’s representatives now provides the much-needed anchor for Vision 2030 to be a people driven process.

The government acknowledges that sustainable development in Kenya can be achieved through good governance; founded on integrity, transparency and accountability. All this, while ensuring non-discrimination and protection of the marginalized, inclusiveness and the respect and upholding of human rights and human dignity for all citizens for the attainment of equality, equity and social justice.

As this journey progresses, I am convinced that the rule of law, the sharing and devolution of power, and democracy shall anchor the participation of the people and every citizen’s patriotic pursuit of national unity.

Wishing you a prosperous 2013. Happy New Year!

Mr Mugo Kibati is the Director General, Vision 2030 Secretariat.

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