, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has commended the efforts of the Grand Coalition government in operationalizing the new Constitution.
The Secretary General especially commended the government for the establishment of the Judicial Service Commission that sets the stage for major reforms in the judiciary.
During talks with President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House on Thursday, the Secretary General hailed the people of Kenya for the passage of the Constitution that should serve to unite the Kenyan people.
President Kibaki noted that the new Constitution had given the country a window of opportunity to reform the country’s institutions.
The President noted that the reforms being undertaken would especially help in giving the country a strong and independent judiciary that would deal with the delivery of justice expeditiously.
The Head of State noted that the government was also emphasizing on the issue of national healing and reconciliation to enable the country move forward in unity and peace.
Speaking at the function, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said as leader of government business, he was fully committed to leading Parliament in the passage of laws critical to successful implementation of the constitution.
The UN Secretary General thanked President Kibaki, the government and the people of Kenya for the strong support extended to the UN operations in Nairobi, which led to the upgrading of the offices from Category C to B.
The Secretary General assured President Kibaki that the U.N. would invest more resources in Kenya, citing the construction of the ultra modern UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.
He assured President Kibaki that the UN valued its Nairobi offices, the only ones located in a developing country.
President Kibaki and the Secretary General also discussed regional issues including Sudan and Somalia.
Mr Ban Ki-Moon commended Kenya for its frontline role in Sudan that led to the holding of a successful referendum.
On Somalia, President Kibaki noted that Kenya was now hosting 500,000 Somali refugees and called on the international community to help in bringing about a peaceful solution to the country.
The visiting UN Secretary General is in the country to preside over the UN Systems Chief Executives Board and open the new UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi.