Lesotho is seeking Kenya's help in the process of rewriting it’s constitution.
A delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing which met Deputy President William Ruto in his Karen office, Nairobi, said Lesotho has started the process of making its own constitution after witnessing political instability in the recent past.
Mr. Metsing who was accompanied by Lesotho Trade Minister Joshua Setipa and Lesotho’s Ambassador to Kenya Nyolosi Mphala said his country has decided to come up with its constitution ahead of the county’s elections to be held later in the year to help contain political instability.
He said Lesotho was keen on learning from Kenyan’s process, which eventually led to a new constitution, which came into force in August 2010 after ratification by the people through a referendum.
“We have come here to seek help in making reforms in our country to end politics of instability that we have witnessed in the recent past and which has led to frequent elections,” said Mr Metsing.
“In fact, we had a snap election last year and later this year we are now going for elections,” added the deputy prime Minister.
He said along with a power sharing agreement, the reforms were expected to see to it that any wrangles revolving around leadership are conclusively dealt with.
Mr Metsing said politics of betrayal and party hopping was to blame for frequent elections in his country.
“We have the problem where MPs cross the floor at will whenever they differ on issues. This has led to unplanned elections as Parliament is always dissolved whenever there are political wrangles,” he said.
“It is impressive that Kenya’s Constitution, for example, has taken away powers from the President from dissolving Parliament any time he wishes. We also want an Act like this in our constitutions that we are preparing,” said Mr Metsing.
Mr Ruto said Kenya was ready and willing to provide technical advice to Lesotho that can enable them have a constitution that can facilitate peace and stability.
“We are ready as a country to provide technical support to Lesotho so that it comes up with a constitution that ensures stability,” said Mr Ruto.
“I want to assure you that we are open to share experiences with Lesotho so that it can succeed in making its constitution,” added Mr Ruto.
He said a successful constitution is the one, which promotes the culture of multiparty democracy saying service delivery, should always be the driving force for any government.
The Deputy President said unless political parties in Africa de-ethicized their politics, the much-needed unity would be elusive to achieve.
Mr Ruto said politics of tribalism and negative ethnicity was to blame for instability in many countries.
The Deputy President said devolution was a key element in the constitution that empowered the people to make decisions on service delivery and development in their areas.
Deputy President William Ruto during the graduation ceremony at the Kenya Medical Training College - Nairobi Campus. 1st December, 2016 - Photo/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto with French President Francois Hollande and Mali President Ibrahim Keita during the opening session of the 27th Africa-France Summit for Patnership Peace and Emergence in Bamako, Mali. 14th January, 2016 Photo/DPPS
Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has what it takes to be the next African Union (AU) chairperson, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
The Deputy President said Ambassador Mohamed has solid credentials in diplomacy, international trade, including a deep and broad understanding of the intricacies of intra-African trade and how to get the best out of emerging markets.
He was speaking during talks with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos on 11 November.
The Government’s campaign to have Amb Mohamed elected as the AU Commission chairperson has taken Mr Ruto to 10 countries.
In Chad, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zambia, Algeria, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, the Deputy President delivered a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta to the country’s leaders.
Mr Ruto said he was encouraged by the willingness showed by the countries to support Amb Mohamed’s candidature.
Five candidates are vying for the position. They are: Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Chad Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed and Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye, who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa.
South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has been the AU chairperson since 2012, did not apply for a second term.
The elections will be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government January 30-31, 2017 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.