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Annan praises Kenya

BUSINESS
By | August 27th 2010

By Sam Otieno

Former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan has commended Kenyans on attaining a new constitution but cautioned that a lot of work still needs to be done.

Annan challenged the two principals, President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to spearhead the implementation of the new constitution.

"The two leaders have made Kenya and Africa proud," he said.

Annan, who brokered the peace deal in 2008 saving the country from an orgy of post-election violence, described the passing of the promulgation of the new constitution as an important step to build a solid foundation of democracy in the country.

He praised Kibaki and Raila for steering the country into unity but said implementation of the new laws require the support from everyone.

"This is not just an event but a process which will take time," said Annan who addressed the press briefly at Serena Hotel on Friday afternoon.

He urged Kenyans to maintain unity of purpose to ensure smooth implementation of the new laws.

Annan, however, declined to comment on why Kenyan authorities failed to arrest Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir who the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warrant of arrest on him.

Bashir is subject to two arrest warrants issued by the ICC in The Hague for atrocities committed in Darfur in Sudan.

In December last year, Annan handed over an envelope containing names of key suspects of Kenya’s post election violence to ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

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