Review: Kalonzo urges dialogue

May 23, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has fronted the use of dialogue to build consensus on contentious issues in the place of a contested constitutional referendum.

Mr Musyoka said that the country would then engage in a non-contested referendum. This he said would be a sure was of developing a common approach to expedite the realization of a new constitution and eliminate unnecessary delays.

"The effect of a non contested referendum would be to bring us closer to the process," he said.

He said that political parties in the country were currently building consensus in the draft constitution with the help of the committee of experts.

"The few differences have been narrowed down in the spirit of good will and whether some groups would like Parliamentary or a hybrid of Presidential and Parliamentary system; agreement would be reached through dialogue without political treachery,” VP added.

The Vice President said political leaders were ready to support the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Mutula Kilonzo, and the committee of experts to conclude successfully the constitutional writing process.

Mr Musyoka pointed out that the new law would ensure equitable distribution of national resources, besides opening avenues for other sectors of the economy to grow and be competitive enough in the global market.

"The constitution goes beyond parties – it is even for unborn children and we are making this constitution for us," he added.

The Vice President was responding to the media after attending a wedding ceremony between Carol Ngori, and David Karanja Macharia, son of the Royal Media Services chairman S.K Macharia, at St. Austins Catholic Parish in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.


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