President Kibaki chairs first grand coalition Cabinet meeting
Written By:PPS , Posted: Thu, May 15, 2008
President Mwai Kibaki is chairing the first Cabinet of the Grand Coalition Government at State House, Nairobi.
The meeting started shortly after 10.00 am with a word of prayer from the Minister for Cooperatives Development, Hon Joseph Nyaga.
The agenda of Thursday’s meeting includes measures to enhance security around the country, resettlement of Kenyans who were displaced from their homes and deepening national healing and reconciliation.
Also on the agenda are steps to strengthen the Grand Coalition government in its stated role of increased economic development, political stability and social equity.
The meeting is also expected to discuss the roadmap of reforms under a strategy for National Transformation 2008-2012.
This is a medium term strategy under Vision 2030 and aims at accelerating equitable, economic and social development for a prosperous Kenya.
The Cabinet meeting will also discuss the best ways of dealing with the international food crisis that has seen food prices rise both locally and internationally and come up with the best ways to cushion the country’s vulnerable groups.
In his opening remarks, the Head of State urged members of the Cabinet to resist being distracted by issues that would delay implementation of crucial programmes undertaken by the government aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged members of the society.
“We must have the drive to succeed in serving our country and Kenyans at large, there is much expectation from the Kenyan people and we must deliver on the promises we made,” noted the President
The President said the Cabinet must drive the reform agenda in transforming Kenya into a fast developing economy that aims at equitable development for all Kenyans
President Kibaki and members of the Cabinet also condoled their colleague Hon Dalmas Otieno whose son, Isaiah Otieno, died in Canada when a helicopter crashed on him.
The President said he was saddened by the untimely death of the young Otieno whom he said had a bright future and chance to serve his country well upon finishing his studies.
The President prayed that God gives the family courage to bear the loss.