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Raila Odinga on Network Africa
"Our multi-party system is nearly 10 years old, it must now come of age"
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Monday, 27 November, 2000, 18:22 GMT
Tackling Kenya's woes
Kenyan delegation, Ahmed Shabir, Najib Balala, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto
Kenyan delegation said economic recovery is now underway
Senior ruling and opposition politicians from Kenya have been visiting London seeking to woo potential investors.


Change will not come by removing (President) Moi from power and replacing him with Mr Nyachae, Mr Kibaki or Raila

Kenyan delegation
The delegation also addressed concerns over Kenya's flagging economy, the controversy over constitutional change and whether President Daniel arap Moi would relinquish power when his tenure expires in 2002.

Speaking at a meeting in London convened by the Kenya Overseas Business Alliance (KOBA), they were led by high profile opposition leader, National Development Party's Raila Odinga.

Mr Odinga who was detained for nearly eight years under President Moi's government, defended his co-operation with Kanu, the ruling party, saying it was time for dialogue in Kenya.

Poor leadership

"We must play multi-party democracy by the rules by which it is being played all over the world, by way of co-operation and lobbying," said Mr Odinga.

Kenyans during the KOBA meeting in London
Kenyans were concerned with the country's poor leadership
He drew parallels with the United Kingdom and the United States, where parties lobbied for each other's support in parliament on matters of national interest.

But several speakers at the meeting took the delegation to task over the rising levels of poverty, unemployment and crime in the country which they blamed on poor leadership.

The delegation said measures had now been put in place to restore investor-confidence, tackle corruption and rebuild the country's infrastructure.

"But we are not here to apologise on behalf of the government," Mr Odinga said as he appealed for Kenyans to put aside their political and tribal differences to tackle the chronic problems facing the country.

President Moi's tenure

Regarding President Moi's tenure, assistant minister William Ruto said the constitution made it clear that Mr Moi would not stay on once his current term expired in two years' time.

The delegation however said there was a need for more fundamental institutional changes than merely a change in guard at State House.

"Change will not come by removing (President) Moi from power and replacing him with Mr Nyachae, Mr Kibaki or Raila," said Mr Odinga.

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