NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18 – President Mwai Kibaki has assured that the Government is committed to undertaking far-reaching reforms in the management of public affairs and entrenchment in constitutionality.
Speaking when he met and held discussions with members of the African Peer Review Mechanism at his Harambee house Office, President Kibaki noted that new and vibrant structures of governance were being put in place under the new constitution.
Noting that the Government had initiated various reforms aimed at consolidating the gains that have so far been realized, the President affirmed that the reform process was unstoppable on the path to building a prosperous and united nation.
The Head of State urged the APRM team to share their experiences, particularly positive developments realised in other parts of the world and which would be of value to Kenya and other African nations.
The President emphasised that the objective of the peer review mechanism is to help African nations improve and catch up with the developed world with regard to governance.
Speaking during the same occasion, Prime Minister Raila Odinga noted that Kenya was a pioneer in the review mechanism and was keen to evaluate the status of the country’s governance and explore ways of improving weak areas.
The Prime Minister noted that Kenya was open to scrutiny by peers and looked forward to a full examination and recommendations for appropriate remedy for various challenges facing the nation and its people.
Former Liberian President Prof Amos Sawyer, who has taken over from former South African First Lady Graca Machel, is leading the African Peer Review Mechanism process.
During the occasion, Prof Sawyer noted that the APRM team was in the country for the second review at the invitation of the Government of Kenya.
He thanked the Kenyan Government for its bold and unprecedented courage to undergo the process aimed at improving quality of governance in the African continent.
Prof Sawyer noted that Kenya had achieved several milestones especially the passing of the new Constitution adding that the ongoing transformation process will remain a significant legacy of the current government.
In attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta, Minister for Planning and National Development Wycliffe Oparanya, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb Francis Muthaura and other senior Government officials.
The APRM comprises of African experts in various fields such socio-economic development, democratic governance, gender issues, human rights, conflict management, constitutional issues and media affairs.