LUSAKA, Zambia, Apr 7 – President Mwai Kibaki has reassured Kenyans living in the country and abroad that the new envisaged constitution would be citizen-centred.,
President Kibaki noted that the few issues that had delayed the restart of the constitution review process had been dealt with, and had paved the way for the exercise to begin.
The President was addressing Kenyans living in Zambia at the Kenya High Commission in Lusaka where he assured those living in the Diaspora that dual citizenship would be accorded priority.
The Head of State encouraged Kenyans to continue expressing their views on the Constitution they feel was best suited for the country.
President Kibaki reaffirmed the coalition Government’s commitment to work together on issues of national importance for the benefit of all citizens.
The President said majority of Kenyans are participating in the ongoing national healing and reconciliation in the country and would not be distracted by divisive politics.
He said while the Government continued to support Kenyans in the Diaspora in their undertakings, they should not engage in unlawful activities but obey the laws of the host countries.
The President noted that Kenya was a great beneficiary of regional integration being one of the leading nations in total volume of trade in the EAC and COMESA. Economic integration had also enabled more Kenyans to be in gainful employment due to the growing economic opportunities.
The President called for harmonious co-existence of different communities and warned of dangers of tribalism in the country and asked all Kenyans to live peacefully.
The President at the same time called on Kenyans living abroad to be good ambassadors and promote the country’s image to market the tourist attractions.
Earlier the President met with the President of the African Development Bank (ADB) Dr Donald Kaberuka who paid him a courtesy call at his Intercontinental Hotel residence.
During the discussions, President Kibaki thanked the bank for financing various development projects in the country noting that the bank was at the forefront in funding infrastructural projects that cut across Kenya and neighbouring countries.
Dr Kaberuka said that the ADB was giving priority to infrastructure projects that would support intra-Africa trade and promised continued support for Kenya.
The talks were attended by Cabinet Ministers Moses Wetangula, Amos Kimunya and Assistant Minister Peter Munya among other senior Government officials.