Press statement by hon. musalia mudavadi, amani national congress (anc) party leader


06 Aug 2015 | by
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Press statement by hon. musalia mudavadi, amani national congress (anc) party leader

I take this opportunity to thank founding members of the Amani National Congress (ANC) for the commitment and hard work. This has resulted in the party registration in record time. I also thank the thousands who have joined the party and the young volunteers at the forefront of the membership recruitment drive.............

I take this opportunity to thank founding members of the Amani National Congress (ANC) for the commitment and hard work. This has resulted in the party registration in record time. I also thank the thousands who have joined the party and the young volunteers at the forefront of the membership recruitment drive.From now on, ANC will intensify membership recruitment and popularize itself across the country. I call upon the youth and women to claim their stake in ANC and volunteer in this exercise. I will be at the forefront of the exercise.

 

ANC

ANC is an appendage of none. ANC is a broad based inclusive party that seeks to unite rather than divide Kenyans. We stand for the values enshrined in Chapter Six of our Constitution with focus on the dignity of every Kenyan. We seek to respect and honour all and discriminate none.ANC is a party of devolution, peace, reconciliation and national integration. We say no to politics of division and ethnicity. We champion inclusiveness. Every Kenyan must feel they belong and are wanted.  We will champion the promotion of human rights to enhance democratic freedoms.

 

Corruption

We say no to the permissive culture of corruption. We must never accept it is normal to be corrupt or to be corrupted. That attitude subverts the present and undermines the future. 

We have a responsibility to strengthen anti-corruption institutions and not to weaken them. We must stay true to our commitment to fight corruption. The status and capacities of the Office of the Auditor General and the EACC is critical in the war on corruption. And the President should not assent to any bill that seeks to weaken anti-corruption institutions. 

 

Respect for the law

I personally abhor violence and invasion of courts by hired gangs saddens me. This culture of promoting youth violence must stop. Violence in court compounds is impunity that patronizes anarchy in the name of politics. Never should we allow violence to undermine the rule of law. The courts are sacrosanct and must be respected as the last refugee for justice.

 

President Obama

I want to thank Kenyans for the ecstatic welcome they accorded US President Barack Obama on his maiden visit to Kenya. I also thank President Obama for his economic packages for Kenya and initiatives for youth and women.

 

Obama’s talked candidly, openly and frankly not about America but about Kenya and Kenyans.  His admonition was about ordinary things that ordinary Kenyans worry about daily. In a true mark of a friend indeed, he criticized and offered advice and even solutions at the same time. That is the mark of a statesman.

 

We can not run away from the fact that there exists corruption, uneven development, inequity, exclusion, and discrimination and human rights violations.  Obama visit should restore our faith in the possible. But we must confront our problems because we want to solve them and not because we must please someone else. It is therefore incumbent upon Kenyans to seize the moment and commit to what is fair, just and right.

 

Visit to Britain

I was in Britain on ANC business. I sought to introduce the party to both government officials and Kenyans there. I was assured that Britain will continue to support our anti-terror war. I also compared notes on devolution and the electoral system. As you know, I am the devolution architect in Kenya. It was therefore necessary to know how devolution has worked in Scotland from, so to speak, the horse’ own mouth in the name of Lord David Steel.

 

ANC is champing proportional representation through implementation of Article 81(d) of the Constitution that will ensure the equality of the vote.  This will not only ensure every vote counts but will increase youth, women and marginalized representation in elective office.  Proportional representation is already in practice in Britain but there is debate on how to improve the system. I learnt a lot on how to reform the electoral system to make it better. And I will soon be meeting the IEBC to share my views.

 

I also had the privilege to be hosted for a luncheon by the East African Association. The EAA is a membership of British investors in Kenya. We shared views on increased investment in the existing potential in Kenya, especially in counties. The investors are keen to see an end to corruption which is an impediment to the ease of doing business.

 

I should also not forget to mention that I attended two separate graduation of my sons Moses and Michael.

 

Asante.

 

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