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US asks Kenya to implement law on civil society

By David Njaaga | July 6th 2015
US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec (left) with National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi US Independence Day celebrations at the Embassy in Nairobi. (Photo: David Njaaga/Standard)

The US government has urged Kenya to enforce the Public Benefit Organisations Act 2013 to strengthen the role played by civil society groups in promoting democracy and unity.

US Ambassador Robert Godec said implementing the Act would strengthen civil society groups, promote social welfare and improve the conditions and quality of life for Kenyans.

"Lobby groups serve as the backbone of any successful political institution everywhere in the world," he said.

He spoke during the 239th US Independence Day celebrations at the Embassy on Friday.

The event was attended by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, governors and local and international diplomats.

The Ambassador said mainstreaming lobby groups would ensure a safer and a more vibrant political environment.

Muturi hailed the US for supporting the country in the fight against terrorism.

"Terrorism is a fight that affects most countries not only Kenya and so for the US to chip in to fight the menace is a global plus on the side and we support the move," he said.

Godec promised Kenya improved support in handling insecurity.

USA's Plea on civil society groups comes in the wake of the much awaited President Barack Obama's maiden visit to the country, a tour expected to serve as a gold strike for Kenya.

Although not much details have been provided regarding Obama's visit, most leaders anticipate the tour would bring fourth great investments between the two countries.

Obama is expected in Nairobi on July 24 to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Kenya was selected to host the summit due to its economic growth and history in entrepreneurship.

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