Executive Office of the Deputy President of Republic of Kenya

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua when he hosted the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Delegation at the Official Residence, Karen. He said the Ruto Administration respects the rule of law and constitutionalism. PHOTO/DPCS.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has said the Kenya Kwanza Administration is open to working with interested partners to strengthen the country’s democracy.

Speaking on Thursday when he held consultations with Mr Martin Schulz, the president of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), at the DP’s official residence in Karen, Nairobi, Mr Gachagua said Kenya was forging ahead to ensure better governance for the good of the country.  

“We welcome the support of FES and other like-minded partners as we continue to strengthen our democracy. We held peaceful elections and the country remained strong during and after the elections,” said the DP.  

Mr Schulz was accompanied by German Ambassador to Kenya Sebastian Groth and FES Secretary-General Dr. Sabine Fandrych and other senior officials.

FES is a non-profit foundation funded by the German government for the advancement of democracy, international cooperation and solidarity.

The DP said the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is founded on solid and clear ideology of empowering the people through the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) adding they will work with the foundation and other partners including Germany’s ruling party, Social Democratic Party, to build strong political parties.

“Our interest is to have a party not only for winning elections but that will be here for a long time. Our party is founded on the ideals of elevating those in the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid and ensuring they live better lives. We are convinced that strong parties create strong nations,” stated the DP.

The Deputy President said Kenya was also pursuing peace in the region challenging the partners to support efforts to stabilize the region.

 “We are the anchor state in a turbulent region. We continue to work with international partners to support peace efforts in the region. A stable region means a lot to Kenya,” he observed.

Mr Schulz praised Kenya for holding peaceful elections and for supporting peace missions within the region.

“The peaceful elections and peaceful transfer of power is a good example to us and countries in the European Union,” he said.

He singled out Article 43 of the Kenyan Constitution which touches on human rights saying it was one of the progressive sections of the supreme law.

“We should listen and learn from the countries around the world. Democracies only function on the basis of mutual respect,” he added.