Saturday, April 21, 2018 (MFA Press) — As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting came to a close yesterday, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) members elected Kenya to chair the group for the next two years.
Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma takes over from Cyprus in the group whose membership currently include Kenya, Namibia, United Kingdom, Samoa, Ghana, Malaysia, Barbados, Belize and Australia. Kenya will be deputised by Australia.
CMAG, established in 1995, is the custodian of values that the Commonwealth hold dear; Human Rights, Rule of Law and Democracy. The Group works with the Secretary-General to see to it that timely missions are undertaken to any of the members having challenges on these values. The Commonwealth places a high priority on being a community of peaceful, democratic countries which promotes and protects shared values, including the separation of powers, rule of law and human rights.
The group assesses concerns such as the unjustified postponement of elections, egregious violations of human rights, the undermining of the judiciary, lack of space for the opposition, and systematic constraints on civil society and the media.
CMAG meetings are convened by the Commonwealth Secretary-General with the Commonwealth Secretariat providing secretarial support.
Accepting the challenge bestowed on her by the members, CS Juma said Kenya was ready to provide leadership that realises results beneficial to the members.
“We are going to have a clear concept of what we want to achieve in the next two years so as to realise the aspirations of the Heads of Government and the Commonwealth for that matter,” said CS Juma.