Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i has guaranteed development partners that Kenya has put in place plans to ensure a seamless change of guard after the August elections are held.
Speaking during a final round table with development partners from the World Bank, IMF and the European Union, in Nairobi on Thursday, the Interior CS noted that Cabinet Secretaries will submit handover notes to the President by the end of the week, in anticipation of the planned transition next month, in line with a presidential decree.
“The President has instructed us to prepare handing-over notes, and our Cabinet colleagues can tell you that all of us have completed our handing over reports. We are prepared to do the democratic thing as government and we will ensure that there is a smooth succession, and we will give it 100 percent support,” said CS Matiang’i.
He further insisted that there was no cause for alarm about the election’s impact on the economy and national security as special arrangements have been made to forestall any upheavals and jitters traditionally associated with the General lection.
The CS likewise told development partners that the country’s general atmosphere ahead of the polls was peaceful owing to adequate resourcing of security personnel and the containment of potential security disruptors.
“We have been having these meetings with the development partners to discuss the development of our country, and how we are planning to ensure that there is an effective, very successful transition, and that our country continues and remains stable even after the elections,” he said.
The government, Matiang’i went on, will likewise accord the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission with all necessary support to ensure that the voting exercise proceeds optimally.
“Our democracy has come of age; the people of Kenya want a peaceful election, a peaceful transition of power, and continuity so that we can have a stable country. We are ready, prepared and totally committed to support the Commission to deliver on this mandate.”
The meeting likewise touched on the government’s post-Covid-19 recovery strategy and Kenya’s current drought situation.
On their part, the development partners, through their chair, Frans Makken, undertook to increase their support for Kenya in its efforts to mitigate drought and famine.
ICT Chair Joe Mucheru, Attorney General Prof. Kihara Kariuki, Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua, and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) CEO Carol Kariuki were all in attendance.