News 2008


VP appeals for assistance to rebuild Kenya

Written By: VPPU (Vice-President's Press Unit)

via KBC

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 construction sectors.

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 possibility.

"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 said.

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 Germanys 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 away.

He said Germany will assist Kenya to reconstruct in order to move towards stability and development.