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Final report on Kenya police reforms ready

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti has said a comprehensive report on police reforms is likely to be released next week.

Speaking after meeting Chief Mediator Kofi Annan, Prof Saitoti said he briefed him on the numerous reforms that had been implemented despite the delay in releasing the final report.

“We did receive the interim report and of course we have done a lot of work.  I was able to appraise Mr Annan on the way in which we are handling police reforms,” he said.

He said substantive reforms would be carried out when the final report with recommendations was handed over to his Ministry.

Prof Saitoti said the Task Force working on police reforms requested for more time to enable them develop solid recommendations that would realise proper changes in the force.

Mr Annan earlier met Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet who said he briefed him on the status of internally displaced persons in the country.

He told him that Kenya was already facing famine and with the expected onset of El Nino rains, the country was likely to suffer other tragedies due to flooding.

“Mr Annan is doing a great job, we also need to solve our problems.  We need to look for local solutions to these disasters,” he said.

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Others who met Mr Annan were the chair of the Organising Committee of the National Elders Justice Effie Owour, UN Resident Coordinator and Chair of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission Dr Mzalendo Kibunja and United Nations Office in Nairobi Director General Achim Steiner.

Former Vice President Moody Awori and Former Anti Graft Czar John Githongo also held talks with the former UN chief.

In his third day of meetings he visited former President Daniel Moi at his Kabarnet gardens home before holding a final meeting with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

He was scheduled to brief the media later on Wednesday evening before completing his three day visit in Kenya.


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