VP appeals for assistance to
Written By: VPPU (Vice-President's Press Unit)
Sat, Mar 08, 2008
Vice President Mr Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday led a high profile
Kenyan delegation in a meeting with two key ministers of the
Federal Republic of Germany.
The VP and his team used the back to back meetings with Foreign
Affairs Minister, who is also the country's Deputy Chancellor, Mr.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Mrs Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, the
Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, to appeal for
support for reconstruction, following massive economic losses
arising from the post election violence.
In discussions with the Development Minister, Musyoka requested
for emergency financial assistance for the purchase of seeds and
fertilizer for farmers in the affected areas, especially those in
the nation's breadbasket, the Rift Valley.
He urged Germany to increase her long term bilateral assistance to
Kenya in the critical water, education, housing and road
Mrs Wieczoreck-Zeul said what happened in Kenya was a blot on the
country's good name and development record, adding that Kenyan
leaders must ensure that a re-occurrence will never be a
"We will consider what is possible for our country to do to help
and what also our partners within the European Union can
contribute. Kenya will always remain a friend of Germany", she
For the meeting with the German development Minister, Musyoka was
accompanied by members of the coalition government including
Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula, Mvita MP Najib Balala,
Mutito MP, Kiema Kilonzo, Sotik MP Lorna Laboso and the Tigania MP
Dr Kilemi Mwiria.
Mr Balala said the grand coalition government will work hard to
address the needs of all Kenyans especially the very poor.
In talks with Germany´s Foreign Minister, the Vice President
thanked the German Government for supporting Kenya during the
negotiations, adding that the negotiators borrowed a leaf from the
German experience on the modalities of a grand coalition and the
principle of portfolio balance.
"Members of Parliament will move with speed to give legal effect
to the agreement so that all aspects of the grand coalition
including the operationalisation of the office of the Prime
Minister and his two deputies, will become a reality", said the VP
Mr Steinmeier said his country was delighted that the dark cloud
which hung over Kenya for the last two months has finally drifted
He said Germany will assist Kenya to reconstruct in order to move
towards stability and development.