November 16, 2018

US new message to Raila, Uhuru

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has issued a statement on the state of the country.

On Thursday (4/1/18), Mr Godec asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue to ensure the country moves forward.

He also challenged the two leaders to unite Kenya after the tense election period.

“Dialogue is very important for the progress of the country; the leaders need to come together for the sake of the future of this country,” Godec said.

The Ambassador spoke during a meeting with Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka on Thursday.

Lusaka indicated dialogue should be within the confines of the Constitution.

“As a country we need to be united and move forward but we are also a country that respects the rule of law and any talk that should happen within the framework of our constitution and the law. It is important to note that elections are behind us and we have a President in place and he has set his agenda,” he said.

The former Bungoma Governor said institutions such as county assemblies, the Senate, and the Council of Governors needed to be strengthened for the public to reap the fruits of devolution.

“We appreciate the past assistance that the US has accorded to the Senate and other institutions in boosting devolution. But we still call for more support to deepen devolution even further and make it work.

“There is also an urgent need to build the capacity of county assemblies as they are the first port of call in devolution. MCAs in the past five years lacked capacity to do oversight. Donor support in this area will be very key,” said Lusaka.

On Thursday, NASA said the committee to swear in Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is already working and will be unveiled soon.

“We are of course alive to the fact that the public is very eager to hear about the swearing in of the People’s President and Deputy President. This is on course. It will be the biggest public event that Kenya has seen since independence. An Assumption of Office Committee, which is already in place and working will be unveiled in the coming days, and that Committee will be keeping you informed,” said NASA leaders.

NASA said it will resume campaign for electoral reforms in Kakamega County on Sunday to ensure electoral justice and self-determination in the country.

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