Kenya seeks help to implement new constitution

16:08, September 03, 2010      

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The Kenyan government on Thursday appealed to Middle East and Asian countries to assist the East African nation with the implementation of the new constitution which was promulgated last week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula who met with Asian, Middle East and Australian envoys in Nairobi said Nairobi welcomed their technological and monetary input towards realizing the full benefits of the new law for Kenyans. "We certainly need support in the actualization of the new constitution," the minister said after meeting diplomats from Asia, Middle East and Australia.

Wetangula said international support has been a major driver to the East African nation biggest economy's reform process since the 2007/08 post-election violence, adding that more help is needed at the implementation phase

The minister said Kenya will enhance its diplomacy by holding similar meetings with other ambassadors in an effort to bolster Naribi's bid to enforce the new Constitution. "They have come out openly to say, tell us what kind of drafters you require, what kind of support you require. We have our cherished friends like China who talk very little but when you ask them for an envelope they will give you," he said. "Our main aim right now is to achieve the large number of legislations before us to be in line with the new Constitution. To do this, the country will need support on legislative drafting from our partners especially those from the Commonwealth group with whom we share a lot."

On Wednesday, Wetangula met with African envoys where he lauded support received from African countries throughout the entire process of constitutional reforms.

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