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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at the 21st Extra-Ordinary Summit Of IGAD

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at the 21st Extra-Ordinary Summit Of IGAD

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at the 21st Extra-Ordinary Summit Of IGAD
President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at the 21st Extra-Ordinary Summit Of IGAD

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SPEECH BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA ON THEOCCASION OF THE 21
st
EXTRA-ORDINARY SUMMIT OF IGAD HEADS OF STATEAND GOVERNMENT, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 3
RD
MAY, 2013
Your Excellency Ato Hailemariam Desalegn,Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of IGAD,Excellencies Dear Colleagues,Distinguished Delegates,Allow me to express my appreciation to the Government and people of theFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the warm reception and hospitalitythat has been accorded to me and my delegation since our arrival in this beautifulcountry.Further, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to IGAD for sending the MinisterialGood Will Mission to Kenya 3 days ahead of the election of 4
th
March, 2013,demonstrating, yet again, the region’s solidarity to its Member States. Thesuccessful outcome of our election is undoubtedly your success too. It is ademonstration of the desire and ability of our region to deepen and strengthenour governance.I also take this opportunity to reiterate my gratitude to my colleagues and otherdignitaries who attended my inauguration to the Presidency on April 9, 2013. Itruly value your kind words and best wishes offered to me, my Government andcountry on that auspicious occasion.Excellencies,Since taking over the leadership mantle in Kenya, I have held several consultativemeetings on the situation in Somalia. In this regard, I take this opportunity tothank H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Government of Somalia for honoring my invitation to visit Kenya on Saturday, 27
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April, 2013.During that visit, we held very fruitful discussions aimed at consolidating ourcommon bilateral and regional efforts on the stabilization of Somalia. It is myhope that this Summit will give impetus to the momentum that has been achievedso far.Excellencies,The convening of this Extra-Ordinary IGAD Summit to discuss Somalia and thestrengthening of IGAD comes at a critical moment in the stabilization,reconstruction and recovery efforts of Somalia. The Summit also takes place aheadof the London Conference on Somalia on 7
th
May, 2013, the Tokyo meeting onSomalia on 31
st
May, 2013, the Brussels Conference on Somalia on 16
th
September,
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2013 and the proposed Conference on Somali refugees to be Co-Chaired by Kenyaand Somalia.This is an indication of the great importance that we in IGAD and the internationalcommunity attach to peace and stability in Somalia and the region as a whole. Therecent positive political and security developments in Somalia have opened awindow of opportunity for lasting peace in Somalia. Somalia is on course, nowmore than ever, of stabilizing and realizing lasting peace.Excellencies,The Al Shabaab remains a major threat to Somalia and regional stability. Ourstabilization efforts should, therefore, focus on securing Somalia and the regionfrom this menace. Towards this end, the rebuilding and reforming of the Somalisecurity sector will form an essential part of the stabilization process. The reformof the Somali security sector should be holistic, inclusive, logically sequenced andprioritized.The reform should take into consideration the need for a systematic integration of the various armed militias that are currently engaged on both sides of the anti-Al-Shabaab war and the orderly reception of Al-Shabaab deserters as well as theirrehabilitation, re-training and integration into the security forces.Excellencies,Distinguished delegates,Following the lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia through the UN SecurityCouncil Resolution 2093 of (2013), Kenya calls for measures to prevent diversionof arms into wrong hands and to ensure compliance with international norms andstandards. The Somalia Government needs to guarantee states in the region thatthe lifting of the arms embargo will not lead to the illegal acquisition of dangerousarms by potentially renegade forces. Kenya has legitimate security concerns assome armed elements emanating from Somalia have infiltrated refugee campsfrom where they target and undertake attacks on Kenyan Security Forces andcivilians.Kenya recognizes that there can be no prospects for sustainable development inSomalia without political stability. In this regard, Kenya supports ongoing effortsby the Somalia Government to set up governance structures and institutions in linewith the Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia.We encourage the Somalia Government to embrace national peace-building andinclusivity of the diverse people of Somalia so as to realize a united, secure and
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prosperous Somalia. In this endevour, I assure that Kenya is committed to providetechnical support to the Federal Government of Somalia.Excellencies,Now that peace and normalcy is returning to the country, it is essential that all herpopulations are brought on board on the various stabilization programmes.Somalis living outside Somalia should not suffer exclusion simply because theywere forced out by insecurity. I urge the people of Somalia across the world tosupport and participate in the reconstruction and re-establishment of governanceand socio-economic infrastructures in their country.Towards this end, Kenya will embark on consultations with the SomaliaGovernment and other players especially the UNHCR, todevelop modalities forsafe and orderly return and resettlement of Somali refugees. This will culminate inthe organisation of an international conference on the safe return of Somalirefugees co-chaired by Kenya and Somalia. I urge Your Excellencies to support thisinitiative.Excellencies,Kenya recognizes the centrality of IGAD in the concerted efforts to secure lastingpeace and stability in Somalia and the Horn of Africa at large. Indeed, ourorganization remains the singular guarantor of peace and security in our region.Peace in Somalia translates to peace in Kenya and our region as a whole. I urge fora strong reaffirmation of our common resolve to eliminate all negative forces topeace and stability in Somalia. We need to strengthen regional and multilateralefforts to fully realize sustainable peace and security in our region.I wish to acknowledge IGAD member states and all AMISOM troop contributingcountries and Ethiopia for the sacrifices we continue to make to help the Somalipeople retain their rightful place among the community of nations.As I emphasized in my inauguration speech, Kenya is committed to the noble goalof a peaceful, stable and prosperous region. In this regard, I reiterate my pledgeto work with the international community to strengthen the IGAD and the AfricanUnion peace process in Somalia. This is because a stable and prosperous Somalia isin the interest of all nations.In concluding, Excellencies, let me reaffirm Kenya’s commitment to the search forpeace and stability in Somalia. I will continue to work closely with the FederalRepublic of Somalia, IGAD member states and the international community, tonurture sufficient conditions for reconstructing and developing the liberated areasand for stability in Somalia and the region as a whole. I further urge for a stronger
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Bravo Mr.President.You have represented Kenya as per our expectation.I believe we chose you wisely and you will do kenya proud.Best wishes in your engagements.
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DEAR PRESIDENT DO NOT ASSENT TO THE BILL THAT WILL RECOMMEND FOR DISBANDMENT OF SRC. PERMANENT STATE APPARATUS MUST BE RESPECTED IF WE WANT BE GUIDED BY THE RULE OF LAW. THE FACT THAT THE OCCUPIER OF THE INSTITUTION IS NOT HARMONY WITH SOME SOCIETY MEMBERS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE INSTITUTION ITSELF IS BAD.
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KINDLY DO NOT ALLOW THOSE DIVERGENT ELEMENTS AGITATING FOR PARLIAMENTARY KIND OF GOVERNANCE TO INFILTRATE STATE HOUSE THEY'RE LIKELY TO COMPROMISE OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND BECOME A SERIOUS SECURITY THREAT. THEY HAD ALL THE TIME TO MAKE THESE CHANGES BUT FAILED BECAUSE OF GREED AND SOLITARY GLORIFICATION..
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