Sunday, September 21, 2008

Kibaki to address UN Assembly

By BENJAMIN MUINDI

President Mwai Kibaki is set to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the state of development in the country this week.

The President jetted out of the country on Sunday in the company of the first lady Lucy Kibaki, Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula, Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Minister Wycliffe Oparanya and other top Government officials for the 63rd UN Assembly.

Addressing members of the press at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka disclosed that President Kibaki will talk about democratic practices in the country and also touch on the recommendations of the Kriegler’s report released last week, on reforming electoral law in the country.

This will be the first trip by the President to America since last year’s elections, which left at least 1,000 killed and over 350,000 others displaced after violence broke out.

The summit whose theme is 'The impact of the global food crises on poverty and hunger in the world ’ will serve as a mid-term review on the attainment of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

MDGs respond to the world’s main development challenges and touches on aspects as Education for All, provision of affordable health care, reducing poverty and death rates among others.

Kenya’s Vision 2030, which was started last year is in tandem with the achievement of the MDGs.

Among the items on the summit agenda is to judge the status of the MDGs in 189 countries of the world.

Kenya committed to implementation of the goals by way of signing during the launch at the Millennium Summit in 2000.

The goals envisioned a better life for citizens of all the signatory countries.

“The President is expected to give an account of Kenya’s progress in attainment of the MDGs,” Mr Musyoka said.

The plane carrying the President and his entourage left the airport shortly after 11am.

Mr Musyoka also condemned terrorists attack in Pakistan that left the Kenyan embassy in Islamabad damaged.

“Clearly, the attacks were not meant for the Kenyan embassy and our citizens are out of danger” he said.

Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry Mwangi Thuita confirmed the incidence and said that no Kenyan was injured.

The blast only shattered windows and doors of the embassy.

This attack took place a few hours after President Asif Ali Zardari made his first speech to Parliament in Pakistan, pledging to fight terrorism.

Mr Musyoka send messages of condolences to the people of the country on behalf of the Government.

“Kenya has suffered under terrorism in the past and we stand in solidarity with the people of Pakistan.”

At least 70 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds injured.

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