, RONGO, Kenya, Jun 2 – President Mwai Kibaki has said the Proposed Constitution contains the best land policy that will safeguard the interests of all Kenyans.
The President pointed out that contrary to the misinformation being peddled by some people on the article on land in the Proposed Constitution, no rightfully owned private land will be confiscated.
“Those using the issue of land as the basis of their opposition to the Proposed Constitution do not genuinely have the interests of the country at heart. The new constitution contains the best land policy the country has ever had, President Kibaki said.
President Kibaki was speaking in Rongo during the funeral service of the late mama Gaudencia Opiyo Anyango who was Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno’s mother.
The President cautioned politicians against using the constitution to settle political differences, saying Kenyans need the genuine reforms the Proposed Constitution is set to initiate.
The Head of State, therefore, reiterated his support for the new constitution and urged the public to remain steadfast in their resolve for the country to adopt the new law.
The President, once again, called on Kenyans to unite and speak with one voice instead of allowing the new constitution divide them.
Paying tribute to the late mama Gaudencia, President Kibaki said those left behind should emulate her good deeds.
“Let’s continue remembering the late mama Gaudencia by ensuring that her good deeds are not in vain,” President Kibaki said.
Responding to the requests of members of public from the area, the President allowed the creation of Awendo district out of the larger Rongo district.
The President observed that the new Awendo district will ensure that services are taken closer to the citizenry.
Speaking during the occasion, Prime Minister Raila Odinga expressed confidence that Kenyans will not allow the opportunity to get a new constitution pass them.
The funeral service was conducted by Vicar-General Michael Odiwa of the Homa Bay Catholic Archdiocese who also delivered the sermon.
Other speakers included Cabinet Ministers James Orengo, Prof George Saitoti, Robinson Githae, Wycliffe Oparanya, Beth Mugo and Prof Anyang’ Nyong\’o who proclaimed their support for the new Constitution.
Present were several Assistant Ministers, Members of Parliament, senior Government officials including the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Ambassador Francis Muthaura and area residents.