Kofi Annan: Ethnic Divisions Undermine Reforms in Kenya

Former UN Head - Kofi Annan

Former UN Head - Kofi Annan

Nairobi , Kenya 8th Dec,2009 –

Kenyans have been urged to ignore ethnic division and lack of cohesion within thr Grand Coalition government for it will undermine efforts to promote national healing and reconciliation. Briefing the media after concluding his seven days visit to Kenya, the chairman of AU panel of Eminent African Personalities H.E. Kofi Annan said his group has been encouraged by reforms been made by the government following the anarchy  that rocked Kenya after the 2007 disputed presidential elections. The Former UN Secretary General further called on the government to speed up on establishing a local judicial mechanism that will bring the perpetrators of post election violence to justice.

Annan also called on the government to implement the Witness Protection Act following reports that some witnesses who are believed to be testifying before the International Criminal Court are being killed. “Reforms must be deep-rooted, not superficial and by this a strong firm foundation on which Kenya ’s continued stability and prosperity depends on.” Anna added.

However, the chairman of AU panel of Eminent African Personalities applauded government efforts in enacting reforms in Lands sector which was one of the contributing factor for the chaos witnessed in December 2007 and the police reforms and the work of the committee of experts charged with dispensing a new constitution by next year.

Kofi Annan who was joined in his visit to Kenya by Graca Machel have in the last two days held series of meetings with President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the Speaker of the National Assembly ,civil society groups among others who are charged with bringing the much needed  reforms in Kenya.

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