NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said that holding a Cabinet session on a Saturday is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to fast-track passage and implementation of crucial Bills.
Mr Musyoka further said the House Business Committee (HBC) would meet on Tuesday to deliberate how Parliament would extend seating hours in order to enable it debate more Bills ahead of the August 27 deadline.
On gender, he noted that the Cabinet and the government were not marginalising women but was committed to achieving gender parity in order to comply with the requirements of the new constitution.
The Vice President, who is also the ODM-K party leader said his party is committed to achieving 50-50 parity for both men and women.
Mr Musyoka was speaking on Saturday after opening the 63rd Association of International Students in Economics and Commerce (AISEC) International Congress at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
The 10 day congress is the second of its kind in Africa after South Africa whose theme is “Carving young leaders to be sustainable future leaders” and has brought together representatives from over 100 countries worldwide ranging from government representatives, business leaders, youth leaders and AISEC alumni representing over 70 global and local organisations.
The Vice President urged the youth to use their education skills to interact freely in order to improve their leadership skills.
Mr Musyoka said education was a continuous edification of the mind that ultimately leads to a greater worldview, which is an ingredient critical to leadership.
“And in my understanding, no education devoid of mentorship begets the full worth of schooling. It is therefore in the interaction you are engaged in today that you add critical value to your life skills,” he added.
The Vice President called on the youth to aspire to become responsible citizens who abhor mediocrity, get restless with the average and loathe dishonest gain, saying it is the only way to become sustainable leaders.
“Remember, no economy, no nation anywhere in this world ever moved forward on the props of charlatans, deadwood or sluggards. No leadership becomes great on the support of such character traits”, he noted.
At the same time, Mr Musyoka thanked corporate organisations for their generous contributions towards supporting the hosting of the congress, saying that it will go a long way in empowering the young people to use their potential and contribute towards youth development.
The Vice President said that through such empowerment, the grand dreams envisaged in Kenya’s Vision 2030 that aims at transforming Kenya into a middle income industrialised economy in another 20 years will be realised.
Present were Director Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Mr Julius Kubai, AISEC International President, Ms Tatiana Mykhailiuk, Congress Committee President Ms Caroline Ngugi and AISEC Kenya National President, Ms Raquel Lorente among other dignitaries.