President Says Crisis a Turning
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
7 March 2008
President Kibaki opened the second session of the Tenth Parliament
with a passionate appeal to members to look inwards following
events of the last two months.
The President said the events had caused him to reflect deeply on
the half century of his active participation in the management of
"I have come to appreciate and respect the resilience of our
people and our country. I have seen Kenya go through some very
critical moments," said Kibaki.
The President said Kenyans had used the crisis as a crucial
turning point from which they had come out more focused and
determined to stay on course to realise their collective vision of
a free, just and
Kenyans, he said, should now fully comprehend the weaknesses and
threats as well as the strengths and opportunities they have as a
"Kenyans will always prefer peace over conflict, prosperity over
desolation, unity over discord and justice over injustice," said
The President said it was for that reason that on February 28, he,
together with ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, accepted and signed the
National Accord because Kenyans had spoken clearly that they
wanted one Kenya, in which all lived in peace, justice, and
harmony. "Kenyans expected no less from either of us, and the
people have embraced the Accord with joy," he said.
Kibaki observed that the deal was the first step towards achieving
a prosperous and stable future for Kenyans, adding that it opened
a new chapter in the management of national affairs.
However, he said, the successful implementation of the Accord will
require goodwill, unity, good faith and integrity from MPs and
He urged MPs to ensure that the necessary Bills to implement the
Accord and other social and economic reforms were dealt with
promptly so that Kenya can be fully restored to, and even exceed
its former glory.
The President stated, "As the Coalition Government, introduce four
Bills that should be accorded the highest priority."
The four are the National Accord and Reconciliation Bill, the
Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, the Establishment of Truth,
Justice, and Reconciliation Commission Bill and the Establishment
Ethnic Relations Commission of Kenya Bill.
As a nation, the President noted, the country has come through a
challenging two months since the December 27 General Election.
He explained that the post-election violence shook the sense of
In addition to the death toll, the post-election violence
disrupted lives and destroyed farms, businesses and residential
properties, said Kibaki.