, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21 – The Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission to Kenya, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, has lauded stakeholders in this year’s General Election for cooperating with his team.
Mbeki who met Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Friday expressed satisfaction with the collaboration accorded to him with regards to a briefing on security arrangements to facilitate a free and fair election, promising to give a detailed statement Saturday.
“We’re meeting more people today so they will all come together tomorrow so that we can then comment on everything whether it is the electoral commission, the Judiciary, the security arraignments, the President (Uhuru Kenyatta), Mr Raila Odinga and everyone else,” Mbeki stated.
“We are very pleased that everybody we had requested to meet has been very ready including the minister who has given as his briefing this morning,” he explained.
Among people Mbeki was due to meet are diplomats including those representing African states in the country, women advocacy groups and representatives of the United Nations.
Matiangi on his part affirmed the commitment of the government to supporting a conducive environment for polls by ensuring safety of all Kenyans.
“We met with President Mbeki to brief him on the planning we’ve done to facilitate and support IEBC to mount the General Elections. I say support because it is the IEBC that conducts the elections by law and our role is just facilitate them to do what they need us to do to support them conduct a free and fair election,” Matiangi stated.
So far, Mbeki has held meetings with IEBC Commissioners whom he met on Thursday led by Chairperson Wafula Chebukati, President Kenyatta as well as National Super Alliance leaders Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.