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Church Warns Gov’t on Electoral Reforms

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to forge a united front against problems facing the country.

The President told leaders to rise above the politics of division and instead promote peace and harmony in the country.

He said it was a betrayal of the ideals of freedom fighters and “a sin against nationhood” for politicians to engage in negative ethnicity and inter-communal conflict.

The Head of State spoke Monday when he led the nation in commemorating the 52rd Madaraka Day at Nyayo National Stadium.

“Our freedom heroes and heroines saw that Kenya was indivisible: it could not be seen through the eyes of tribalism and other sectarian or parochial interests, online http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/emails/class-wc-email.php ” he added.

President Kenyatta said competition in politics should never be misused to whip up negative tribal emotions and baseless agitation to address imaginary wrongs.

“We all have to abide by our Constitution, try http://colbleu.fr/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/product-searchform.php which provides a fairly modern framework for conducting our political affairs in a more civilized manner,” he added.

The President said the government has mechanisms in place to deal with unemployment, inequality and poverty.

“My government is dealing with these challenges through our national institutions, and careful economic planning by both national and county governments,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said the Government is taking deliberate steps to lower the cost of doing business in the country to make Kenya a more attractive investment destination so as to create more jobs for Kenyans.

He also directed all Government agencies and departments to adhere to the Constitutional requirement for gender, regional and ethnic balance.

President Kenyatta said the Government will invest more in improving security of life and property. The Government is also pursuing policies that ensure growth in consumption of locally produced goods and services to secure opportunity and productivity, he said, the President said.

He said that the Jubilee administration has a target to ensure that 40 per cent of all services and goods procured by Government are locally produced.

President Kenyatta said the Government’s development agenda was on track and enumerated the various actions the Jubilee administration has undertaken to improve the quality of life for Kenyans.

 Education

He said the government has raised its capitation to secondary schools from 28 billion to 32 billion KSh, and for primary schools from 14 to 15 billion with the objective of making primary and secondary education truly free within the next three years.

“Indeed, from this year, parents will be freed from the burden of paying examination fees because the government will now cover this expense, he added.

The national and county governments are also partnering very strongly to ensure adequate investment in agriculture, food production and rural enterprises, the President said.

President Kenyatta assured Kenyans of the Government’s commitment to the fight against institutional corruption citing the recently commenced action to bring accountability to various allegations of corruption involving government officials.

“My Government is committed to follow through and take the entire initiative through the due process. It was the beginning.  We are serious about this and we will succeed,” he added.

The President asked Kenyans to support the war on graft to augment the integrity-assurance and corruption prevention frameworks throughout the public service put in place by the government.

President Kenyatta said the Government has also developed a major anti-radicalization programme soon to be implemented by all security organs, national and county governments, civil-society groups, as well as faith based leaders. “Radicalization does not always wear its intentions openly”, the President said.

The President appreciated Kenyans who cooperated with the Government by volunteering relevant information on terrorists and other criminals to security agencies.

“I salute those who give information, who voice their suspicions and who stay vigilant for the sake of our security and safety.  Together, we can meet our joint duty of vigilance against those who would harm us,” he said.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said Kenya and Uganda were working closely in the war against Al Shabaab terror group that has resorted to hitting soft targets. “We are in frequent consultations with President Kenyatta on dealing with Al Shabaab. They have been defeated if they cannot face the armed forces but only attack civilians who have nothing to do with politics,” Mr Museveni said.

Others who spoke were Deputy President William Ruto, South Africa Deputy President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.  In attendance were First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Tanzania’s CCM Secretary-General Abdulrahman Kinana and former South Sudan political detainees.
Religious leaders under the Uganda Joint Christian Council have urged government to expedite the implementation of the proposed electoral reforms before the forthcoming Presidential elections in 2016.

In a statement issued during their General Assembly at Pope Paul in Kampala on Monday afternoon, drug http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-admin/includes/update.php the men of God led by Rev Stanley Ntagali (Church of Uganda) Rev. Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (Catholic Church) and Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga (Orthodox Church) said that they are baffled by the slow pace of the ongoing Constitution amendment process.

“We are not supporting anyone but airing out our opinions as these are concerns and complaints by the opposition political parties and civil society organizations that their proposals submitted were not considered. We therefore urge government to take a fresh look at issues pertaining to the electoral reforms, treatment http://coastalallergycare.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php ” said Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

“We see that we should be part of the process for shaping the way the country is governed which in a way affects how Christians practice their faith. Our role is to look at believers and if they have gone astray, http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/styles-with-shortcodes/includes/thumbnail_debug.php we condemn them and if we see someone doing the right thing, it’s appreciated.”

The opposition recently stepped up a campaign to pressure government to accept the reforms which include disbanding the Electoral Commission and setting up a new and independent one.

Presidency Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, recently said in an article that electoral reforms is “something they (opposition) have been rehearsing for some time to cover up their own inabilities of failing to win new political ground and therefore divert attention from the inevitable defeat that awaits them come 2016.”

He said the chorus for “electoral reforms” is the perfect scapegoat they can find.

According to the religious leaders, they are set to pen down a joint pastoral letter on the forthcoming general elections, which according to the men of God, would highlight on what needs to be done during and before the exercise.

“We shall advise government on what should be done as far as the electoral reforms and the forthcoming general elections are concerned. We condemn the attempts by anyone in positions of authority trying to muzzle the voice of opposition political parties through interference with their rights to organize and freely canvass for support,” their statement reads in part.

The religious leaders further warned of any attempt aimed at manipulating the electoral process which they said would be an act of injustice to Ugandans.

The government has previously warned the church against interfering in Uganda’s political processes, saying it should prioritise the fight against household poverty.

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