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Kenya boundaries review team appointed

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – President Mwai Kibaki has appointed members of the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC).

Parliament last week endorsed the team of nine commissioners who had been recruited by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitution.

Former Assistant Minister Andrew Ligale will lead the team that is mandated to review all administrative and electoral boundaries. Other commissioners are Jedida Ntoyai, Irene Cherop Masit, Mwenda Makathimo, Joseph Kaguthi, Dr John Nkinyangi, Murshid Abdalla, Eng Abdulahi Sharawe and Rozaah Buyu.

The team is expected to review constituency boundaries to reflect geographical size and voter representation. The team will also evaluate a proposal to convert all constituencies into districts.

The committee is a product of the Independent Electoral Review Commission that probed the 2007 disputed election results. The committe concluded that the voter representation in the country is very irregular. It proposed the review of constitutional boundaries in the country to ensure equal representation. IIBRC will also together with the Interim Independent Electoral Commission institute the necessary electoral reforms.

The Head of State also at his Harambee House Office met various visiting foreign dignitaries.  First to call on the Head of State was the First Vice President of Sudan and the President of the Southern Sudan Gen Salva Kiir. During the discussions President Kiir briefed President Kibaki on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was brokered by Kenya.

The President later met and held discussions with the United States of America Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. President Kibaki briefed the Assistant Secretary on the workings and achievements of the Grand Coalition Government which he said had firmly put the country on the path of comprehensive reforms.

The Head of State noted that the Grand Coalition government was fully committed to the reform agenda. The President informed Ambassador Carson that the committee of experts on the Constitution had begun its work as the country sought to have a new law.

The President said he was confident that consensus would be achieved in order to give Kenyans a new Constitution. He also noted that he had already gazetted the appointments of members of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission that is critical in the country’s attempts to reform the electoral process.

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President Kibaki also updated Ambassador Carson on progress made in the implementation of the Vision 2030, an economic blue print that is Kenya’s roadmap towards a just, equitable, prosperous and peaceful country.

At another meeting President Kibaki met and held discussions with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka.

The two leaders hailed the cordial relations existing between the two countries and called for strengthened ties for the benefit of the two countries. The two leaders reaffirmed that there was need to expand the volume of business between the two nations. The Sri Lanka Prime Minister is in the country for a one day visit.


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