There will be peaceful transition, Matiang’i assures international community
will be peaceful transition, Matiang’i assures international community
Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i (pictured centre) has assured the international community that
there will be a smooth and peaceful transition after
this year’s General Election.
Kenya is set
to conduct a General Election on August 9 to elect President and Deputy,
together with other legislative and county seats.
moment, the leading contenders for Presidency are ODM leader Raila Odinga and
Deputy President William Ruto.
The two are yet
to pick their running mates.
Speaking in Nairobi, Matiang’i
said there are elaborate plans to ensure the relevant instruments of power will
be handed over peacefully to whoever will form the next government.
He was speaking at the Serena
Hotel in Nairobi during a briefing meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National
Government development projects and development partners.
The meeting that was also used
to appraise the partners on election preparedness was the first round-table
gathering in two years after the routine briefings were disrupted by the
It was also used to brief on
the security environment, post Covid-19 Economic Recovery Strategy, and the
budget implications for the completion of priority projects.
Dr Matiang’i said enough
security agencies will be mobilised to provide adequate support to the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the August 9 general election.
More support will be provided to the electoral
body if and when needed.
“Today, we have given assurance
to our partners that, as a country, we are ready to proceed and facilitate the
IEBC to conduct the elections. The agencies that have got the constitutional
mandate to facilitate the Commission during the elections are represented
here,” he said.
Dr Matiang’i stressed that
collaboration under the national multi-sectoral consultative forum chaired by
the Chief Justice Martha Koome was essential in aligning critical stakeholders
to deliver a credible poll.
He allayed concerns that the
forum was usurping the role of the IEBC. “Whether the country will have a free
and fair election is a question that only Mr Wafula Chebukati and the IEBC can
answer. We are clear that is the mandate of the IEBC. Ours is to provide
whatever support IEBC requires to get it done,” the CS said.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Amb.
Ukur Yatani said the country’s economy was on the rebound with projected
average GDP growth of 7.5 per cent in the first quarter of this year.
He said the stimulus packages
implemented by the Government to cushion the economy during the pandemic were
bearing fruits with agriculture and the hospitality industries recording
Briefing the same meeting, ICT
CS Joe Mucheru said the Government will respect the media space and will not
shut down the internet.
“We sadly note there is a lot of
abuse of the media in the country and especially on social media. But we will
not shut it down despite the provocation and temptation to do so,” Mucheru
French Ambassador to Kenya
Aline Kuster-Menager, who is also the lead in convening the diplomatic corps
said regular briefing sessions reinforced development partners’ confidence in
the country as an ideal investment destination.
“It is important for us partners
as a group to interact very closely during this election times. It’ll help us
better understand how the government is organizing itself to achieve its
results and bring continuity to our processes,” she said.
The meeting also outlined
interventions necessary to support sustainable development, including the
mitigation of climate change.
It also emphasized the need for
expeditious disbursement of funds to aid the implementation of development
projects and programmes across the country.
The British High Commissioner,
Jane Marriot, sought assurances that key foreign investments will not be
negatively affected by election-related activities.