Kenyans want change, US envoy tells President, Prime Minister

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By Lucianne Limo and Susan Anyangu

Kenya’s lack of confidence in the Government should serve as a wake up call to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, US envoy Michael Ranneberger has said.

The envoy said the Steadman opinion poll released on Monday indicated Kenyans yearned for change.

“The leaders need to take Kenyans seriously. Kenyans want to see fundamental change. They want to see reform agenda move ahead and see corruption being tackled,” Ranneberger said.

He expressed disappointment over the Government’s lack of zeal to fight corruption, saying: “It is also disappointing that the Government has not yet set up the interim electoral commission and special tribunal that is credible and acceptable to all Kenyans”.

Ranneberger , however, said he was hopeful the Coalition Government would heed the voice of the people and move faster in reform agenda including tackling corruption.

He was speaking at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, after the launch of the Gallup World Poll in sub-Sahara Africa.

Elsewhere, Justice Minister Martha Karua asked clergy and the public to keep the Coalition Government on its toes. Karua yesterday said while criticism on the Government may cause irritation and discomfort, it is a necessary part of a democratic society.

“Criticisms can be irritating, but later when one thinks about it, you appreciate the value in reviewing your performance. Citizens of this country are entitled to express their displeasure,” Karua said.

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