The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has joined other foreign diplomats based in Kenya in welcoming a statement on proposed national conversation towards national unity and prosperity for all Kenyans released by religious and business leaders in the East African country.
Posting to Twitter, Mr Hailey said: “UK supports this. Open, transparent and sustained dialogue important to healing divisions and realising Kenya’s full potential.”
The proposal in full can be read below:
PROPOSED NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Towards National Unity and Prosperity for All Kenyans
The 2017 election once again exacerbated deep-seated divisions in Kenya. Representatives of business and religious communities, with the support of “like-minded” diplomats, propose that Kenya engage in a “National Conversation” to ensure these issues don’t keep coming up every election year.
The National Conversation would be centered on achieving Vision 2030, which is the guiding vision of the country.
A multi-sectoral forum will ensure an all-inclusive approach and participation of the diversity of the Kenyan people, including but not limited to the following:
- Civil Society
- Trade unions
- Special interest groups
- Political parties
- National and county government
The multi-sectoral forum initiative will convene the National Conversation. International partners have agreed to support the National Conversation as friends of Kenya.
National Conversation Issues
The issues that will be discussed in the Conversation will be structured in line with Vision 2030, which has three pillars – economic, social and political – and has been, and continues to be the guiding framework for achieving our Kenyan dreams for social – economic development. The issues will be presented by various sectors and compiled for discussion by the multi-sectoral forum.
With international support, the multi-sectoral forum will be constituted during the month of January 2018. The National Conversation will commence in February 2018 and conclude at the end of June 2018. The Conversation will be conducted both at the national and county levels.
Seeking the Best for Kenya
As Kenyans of good will seeking the best for our country we call on everyone with a stake in its future, and especially on Kenya’s political leaders, to support and engage with the National Conversation.
The statement was signed for and on behalf of the following religious and business sectors steering committee on proposed National Conversation:
Archbishop Lee Karuri Chair, KEPSA Foundation
Bishop Alfred Kipkoech Arap Rotich – Bishop Emeritus of Kenya
Rev David Oginde – Bishop of Christ is the Answer Ministries (CIT.)
Ambassador Yusuf A. Nzibo – Chairman Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM)
Ambassador Mohamed Adan Mahat – Secretary General SUPKEM
Nick Nesbitt- Chairman Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
Carole Kariuki – CEO KEPSA
Patrick Obath- Vice Chairman KEPSA Foundation