US backs pact with Sh1.6 billion
Published on March 7, 2008
By Martin Mutua
The United States has given the Government an additional $25
million (about Sh1.6 billion) to help in the implementation of a
power-sharing deal between President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr
US Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, said his government would
mobilise other countries to provide the necessary assistance to
ensure success of the political settlement for the benefit of
Ranneberger, who spoke to The Standard in reaction to President
Kibakiís address on the official opening of Parliament, hailed the
speech, saying it centred on the key priorities of the coalition
"That was a very good message and a way forward. I believe the
matter is extremely important, that is why we have given an
additional 25 million dollars support," he added.
He said he hoped the money would be used to settle displaced
people, reconstruction of the country as well as on governance
Ranneberger noted that the Bills that had been drafted with the
aim of operationalising the deal should be passed with speed so
that the coalition government can be put in place, adding that
this was in the interest of Kenyans.
"Iím happy that the leaders listened to voices of Kenyans and this
is the victory of the people," he added.
Asked whether the grand coalition signaled the end of checks and
balances on the executive, Ranneberger said that did not worry him
"Iím not worried about checks and balances as this will be taken
care of in the coalition because the coalition will be out looking
for the interest of the people. I am confident that there will be
checks and balances carried out by the people," he added.
He said the main priority for his government was to provide
political support, which means that America will offer total
support to the Government and the coalition.
The envoy further noted that his government had resumed all the
programmes that it had stopped in the country and that they would
be offering assistance to whatever ongoing programmes they had