Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Calls for a Peaceful Transition of Power After the March 2013 General Election in Kenya
Former UN chief Kofi Annan who is the chairman of the African Union Panel of Eminent Personalities on Monday called for a peaceful transition of power after the March 4th 2013 general election in Kenya.
Annan’s words come months before President Mwai Kibaki is expected to step down after serving two terms.
In his New Year message, Annan said Kenyans should be allowed to elect leaders of their choice through a free, fair and credible election process.
"My wish for Kenya in the year ahead is a commitment by all to a free, fair and credible election, and a government transition marked by peace and the rule of law,” he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
“What is clear is the yearning and desire of most Kenyans for peace and stability, economic development, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They demand that the laws of the land be applied fairly and consistently across the board,” he added.
He urged those who will be elected to leadership positions to uphold the constitution and build strong national institutions to underpin democracy and further progress.
He said the March 4 election and the new constitution guarantees Kenya a bright future owing to the county governments that will bring resources closer to the people.
"On that day, Kenyans will elect those they wish to lead them into the future. They will have their say on who governs them and how they are governed. Their choice will define and shape the country for future generations" he added.
Annan spearheaded the peace talks that culminated in the 2008 coalition government formed between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Source African Press Agency
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