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Envoy welcomes the case for Agenda Four

CARTOON
By | June 12th 2009

By Peter Opiyo

German Ambassador to Kenya Walter Lindner and MPs supported the allocation of Sh2 billion for implementation of Agenda Four.

Although MPs argued the money was inadequate, they said the fact that minister prioritised reforms in the budget is a good gesture for the country.

"The money is not sufficient, but mentioning of Agenda Four in his speech indicates seriousness on his part… he is reform oriented," said nominated MP Millie Odhiambo, who also sits on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional review.

Public Accounts Committee chairman and Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale said there was need to allocate more funds for Agenda Four reforms, arguing it is these reforms that would ensure stability of the country.

His sentiments were echoed by Ms Peris Simam (Eldoret South) and Roads Minister Franklin Bett.

Mr Bett, however, said the allocation should be appreciated without judging its worth, since implementation of reforms is an ongoing process.

Mr Lindner said people should not criticise the amount but should rather appreciate the minister’s concern of the need to implement reforms.

"The mentality is more important than the amount money allocated. If the will to implement reforms is there, then money does not really matter," said the German envoy.

Internal Security Assistant Minister Orwa Ojodeh and Nyando MP Fred Outa praised the devolution of resources.

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