Kibaki ends Coast tour

January 5, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – President Mwai Kibaki has arrived back in Nairobi from Mombasa after a working holiday season from the Coastal city.

The plane carrying the President touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 6pm on Sunday.

Accompanied by First Lady Lucy Kibaki, the Head of Sate was received at the airport by Assistant Minister for Internal Security Orwa Ojode and Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura among other senior government officials.

In his New Year message to Kenyans, the Head of State reassured that his government was deeply concerned about the welfare of every citizen and adequate measures were being taken to remedy the situation.

He pointed out that distribution of food to needy people, employment creation and transforming Kenya into a regional economic powerhouse would the government’s priority in the New Year.

While at the Coastal City of Mombasa President Kibaki assented to two bills, Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2008 and Communications Amendment Bill 2008, which were passed by parliament last year.

The Constitution Bill set the stage for the disbandment of the Electoral Commission of Kenya, while the Communications Amendment Bill has caused uproar over provisions that curtail media freedom.

Lobbying has intensified for the Bill to be taken back to Parliament for amendment.

Trouble also is peristing over the dissolution of the ECK, following disagreements over the compsition of the transition team from the ECK to the Interim Electoral Commission of Kenya.

Mr Muthaura last week retained a team of 38 to oversee the transition, but Prime Minister Raila Odinga says the entire ECK is disbanded and has ordered all commission’s premises closed.

It is unclear whether the 38 officials led by the Secretary of the disgraced ECK will continue to hold office, albeit temporarily.


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