Former President Mwai Kibaki has been urged to come out and help with a smooth transition now that the country is expected to have a new president after the much awaited polls slated for August next year.
The leader has been very silent on public matters since his retirement in 2013, and is considered one of the most successful Kenyan Presidents after a 10-year stint at the helm of the country's government.
But a caucus of regional parliamentarians under The Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FPICGLR) wants him to come out and help with smooth handover next year.
They have stressed on the need for smooth and peaceful transition after the elections and want Kibaki to emulate his colleagues from around the continent who recently did the same in Zambia.
"Behind the scenes, Zambia’s fourth President, Hon. Ruphia Banda, former President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, and the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, engaged President Edgar Lungu and Hichilema to facilitate a peaceful democratic transition,” they said in a joint statement seen by the People Daily.
The forum also has members from Kenya, who participated in observing Zambia's elections. The team of MPs from Senate and National Assembly was led by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.
It wants Kibaki and the East African Community leadership to be fully involved and emulate Kikwete, Koroma and Banda in not waiting to be pushed before taking responsibility.
"They did not wait for a formal Southern African Development Community (SADC) team once the former President Edgar Lungu and his team signalled their dissatisfaction with the results that were trickling in,” it is further quoted.
Content created and supplied by: Curtis-Otieno (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More