CS Amina Mohamed Briefs African Ambassadors on Upcoming Elections

REMARKS BY AMB (DR.) AMINA MOHAMED, EGH, CAV CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS DURING A BRIEFING WITH THE AFRICAN DIPLOMATIC CORPS AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL, NAIROBI ON 5TH OCTOBER, 2017

Amb. Monica Juma, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

H.E Kelebert Nkomani, Dean of The African Diplomatic Corps

Hon. Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed, Senior Advisor on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Office of the President

Excellencies

Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you very much for your presence at this briefing. As you are aware, Kenya is a nation that is guided by the tenets of the Constitution and is open to constructive engagement with all actors based on the principle of sincerity, reciprocity and mutual respect. As representatives of Kenya’s sister countries on the continent, it is important that we continue to engage on the prevailing electoral matters in the country.

Over the past year, Kenya has witnessed unprecedented democratic moments. A comprehensive and consultative pre-election process, a historic, peaceful election on 8th August, 2017 with the largest voter turnout in our history, H.E The President’s monumental statement respecting, although not agreeing with the decision of the Supreme Court to annul the Presidential election and his unequivocal call on Kenyans to remain peaceful following the decision. Kenyans’ peaceful acceptance of the Supreme Court’s decision was inspiring and laudable.

Following the Judgement by the Supreme Court and other Judgements and Rulings by the High Court and the Court of Appeal in the period preceding the General elections, Parliament has realized the need to seal the gaps in the existing law through a public-participatory legislative process.

These events have received remarkable attention from all corners of the world. However, in certain instances, the reports have not been accurate. Therefore, as Kenya continues to prepare for the Presidential election scheduled for 26th October 2017, and following the last briefing by the Principal Secretary on 26th September, 017, we have decided to continue our engagement with you on the current state of election preparedness. Particularly, the ongoing legislative process in Parliament.

Hon. Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed who is a Senior Advisor on Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Office of the President will take us through the legislative process and other emerging legal aspects.

I thank you.