Posted by: APO | 28 August 2010

Statement by his Excellency Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the occasion of the promulgation of the new constitution in Kenya


 

 

Statement by his Excellency Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the occasion of the promulgation of the new constitution in Kenya

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Statement by his Excellency Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the occasion of the promulgation of the new constitution in Kenya:

I would like to congratulate the Government and people of Kenya for the choice they made at the recent national referendum. The choice the people of Kenya made was a choice to move forward to a brighter future, with a new system of Government that promises to bring about effective checks and balances and with the people of Kenya having a greater say on how they are governed and by whom and more importantly in determining their own priorities in the developmental process.

 

This is no doubt a proud moment for Kenya and for Africa. This is more evident when seen in the light of the sad and horrific post election violence witnessed in Kenya in 2007. We, at the African Union, were very worried about the sad events in Kenya in 2007 which was considered a haven of peace in a troubled region. It is for this reason that we were delighted when the people of Kenya, with some help from the African Union appointed mediators, rose to the occasion and agreed to forge ahead united in a grand Coalition. It is to a large extent due to the vision and foresight of the partners to the coalition that this was possible. This occasion is therefore a living testimony that Kenya has learned from its previous mistakes and is ready for socio economic transformation. The devolution of resources that the new Constitution will bring about in addition to the requirement that people of different areas of the country will identify their immediate needs and priorities will no doubt spur faster economic growth for this great country and attract enormous investment to this country that has so much potential in various areas.

 

The spirit of the rebirth or second liberation of the Kenyan nation that is so pervasive at this occasion, must continue to inspire and rally the Kenyan leaders and people towards a future of togetherness, peace and prosperity.

 

Needless to say, it is one thing to enact a new constitution and another to make it a living document that serves its primary objective of improving governance and uplifting the living standards of the citizens.

 

It is for this reason that I would like to encourage unity of all the leaders in the process of implementation of the constitution.

 

In conclusion, I would like to pay tribute to the government and the people of Kenya under the wise and dynamic leadership of President Mwai Kibaki, for the commitment and efforts made towards the realisation of peace and stability in the greater Horn of Africa, in Africa and throughout the world in general.

 

We are proud of the contribution made by Kenya to prevention of conflicts, peace building and peace keeping on the Continent.

 

May God bless Kenya, the Eastern African Region and the whole of Africa our motherland.


 


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