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File picture shows President Kibaki with some of the contenders in the next poll/FILE


Polls will reflect will of Kenyans – Kibaki

File picture shows President Kibaki with some of the contenders in the next poll/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – President Mwai Kibaki has reassured that the forthcoming general elections will be peaceful, free and fair.

The President said institutions are in place and his government has taken measures to ensure that the elections reflect the views and aspirations of Kenyans.

President Kibaki was speaking on Tuesday at his Harambee House office when he bade farewell to the outgoing ambassador of Poland to Kenya, Anna Grupinska.

Lauding the existing cordial relations between Kenya and Poland, the Head of State called for enhanced trade between the two countries as a way of further bolstering their friendship.

“We need to move with speed and exploit the existing potential in business and trade for the benefit of our citizens,” President Kibaki said.

On her part, Ambassador Grupinska noted that the greatest legacies of President Kibaki, apart from the improved roads and the enactment of the new Constitution, are the increased rights and freedoms bestowed on Kenyans.

The outgoing ambassador expressed optimism that the next general elections will be peaceful.

In terms of the ongoing reforms, the ambassador commended the Kenyan Government for the achievements so far made, saying the implementation of the reforms should continue for the good of the people of Kenya.

Sharing her country’s experiences, Grupinska said Poland successfully underwent a transformation through reconciliation and hoped that Kenya would continue on the path of reconciliation for the sake of peace and national unity.

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Grupinska also supported Kenya’s stand that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) be upgraded into a fully-fledged independent international body with its headquarters remaining in Nairobi.

Grupinska is going back to Poland after a successful five-year tour of duty in Kenya.

Present during the occasion were Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Ongeri, the acting Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi and the Head of Europe and Commonwealth desk Lazarus Amayo.


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