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Kibaki chairs first Grand Cabinet meeting

NAIROBI, May 15 – Cabinet Ministers have been directed to resist distractions that would delay the implementation of crucial programmes that the Grand Coalition Government is to undertake.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, during the start of the first formal gathering of the coalition Cabinet on Thursday, the Head of State said the 41 ministers must deliver on promises they made to Kenyans.

He told members of Cabinet to focus on the reform agenda that aims at equitable development for all Kenyans.

“We must have the drive to succeed in serving our country and Kenyans at large, there is much expectation from the Kenyan people and we must deliver on the promises we made,” noted the President

The President said the Cabinet must drive the reform agenda in transforming Kenya into a fast developing economy that aims at equitable development for all Kenyans.

According to a statement from the Presidential Press Service the meeting was to discuss measures to enhance security around the country, resettlement of internal refugees displaced from their homes and deepening national healing and reconciliation.

Also on the agenda were steps to strengthen the Grand Coalition government in its stated role of increased economic development, political stability and social equity.

The meeting was also expected to discuss the roadmap of reforms under a strategy for National Transformation 2008-2012.

The medium term strategy under Vision 2030 aims at accelerating equitable, economic and social development for a prosperous Kenya.

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The Cabinet meeting was also to discuss the best ways of dealing with the international food crisis that has seen food prices rise both locally and internationally and come up with the best ways to cushion the country’s vulnerable groups.

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