I’m committed to devolution, says Uhuru

April 5, 2013 1:32 pm
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As part of this commitment, the president-elect said his government would implement devolution in accordance with the Constitution and the wishes of Kenyans/FILE
As part of this commitment, the president-elect said his government would implement devolution in accordance with the Constitution and the wishes of Kenyans/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has reaffirmed his commitment to the full implementation of the Constitution.

As part of this commitment, the president-elect said his government would implement devolution in accordance with the Constitution and the wishes of Kenyans.

Underlining the need to roll-out devolution in a consistent and effective manner that does not interrupt the delivery of services, President-elect Kenyatta said he looked forward to meeting with governors and other leaders in order to iron out outstanding issues in the process of devolution.

Speaking when he met a delegation of church leaders under the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) who paid him a courtesy call at his KICC office, the president-elect also assured church leaders that his government would consider their request for the review of the Basic Education Act 2012 which expropriated all church schools in Kenya.

President-elect Kenyatta thanked faith-based institutions for their frontline role in the provision of education and other services adding the government was committed to strengthening the partnership between the government and religious organizations.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, NCCK Secretary General Canon Peter Karanja congratulated President-elect Kenyatta and his deputy on their election and wished them well in managing the affairs of the country.

In a memorandum presented to the president-elect and his deputy, the church leaders stressed the need for national healing and reconciliation saying the just concluded general elections had left the country wounded and divided.

The church leaders said there is urgent need for concerted efforts by the government, the church and other non-state actors towards fostering peace, healing and reconciliation as national cohesion and integration.

The delegation included the Archbishop of the Anglican church of Kenya Eliud Wabukala, Rev David Kathanju of the Presbyterian church of East Africa and the Rt Rev Julius Kalu among others.

Present were outgoing Health Minister Charity Ngilu, Foreign Affairs Minister Prof Sam Ongeri, immediate former Mvita MP Najib Balala Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Francis Kimemia among other senior government officials.

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