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Monday, 30 December, 2002, 15:26 GMT
Kibaki and Moi speech excerpts
President Mwai Kibaki, former President Daniel arap Moi
The new broom in Kenyan politics and the old

Excerpts from speech by Mwai Kibaki following his inauguration as Kenyan president in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, together with excerpts from outgoing President Daniel arap Moi's speech of farewell:


Mwai Kibaki: I am greatly honoured for the confidence you have extended to me and I promise not to let you down. I will be your servant, with all humility and gratitude... Some prophets of doom have predicted a vicious in-fighting in Narc [National Rainbow Coalition] following this victory. I want to assure you that they will be disappointed. [Applause]... Our strength will grow stronger and coalesce into a single party that will become a beacon of hope not only to Kenyans but to the rest of Africa.

Let us all unite in forgiveness and reconciliation, and work hard to rebuild Kenya

Mwai Kibaki

"The task ahead is enormous"

This a critical moment in the history of our country. The task ahead is enormous. The expectations are high. The challenges are intimidating. But I know that with your support and cooperation we shall turn all our problems into opportunities. You have asked me to lead this nation out of the present wilderness and malaise onto the promised land. [Applause] And I shall do so...

I offer our competitors a hand of friendship. We have been through a long and sometimes bitter electioneering campaign. Now, the elections are over. There should be no bitterness. Let us all unite in forgiveness and reconciliation [applause], and work hard to rebuild Kenya...

'No witch-hunt'

One would have preferred to overlook some of the all-too-obvious human errors and forge ahead, but it would be unfair to Kenyans not to raise questions [applause] about certain deliberate actions or policies of the past that continue to have grave consequences on the present. We are however, not going to engage in any witch-hunting. Our task will be to advance Kenya's interests and ensure they are well served.

I am calling upon all of you to come out and fight corruption, and agree to support the government in fighting corruption as our first priority

Mwai Kibaki

We want to bring back the culture of due process, accountability, transparency in public office. [Applause] The era of "anything goes" is now gone forever. Government will no longer be run on the whims of individuals. The era of roadside decisions, declarations have gone. My government's decisions will be guided by teamwork and consultations. [Applause] The authority of parliament and the independence of the judiciary will be restored and enhanced as part of the democratic process and culture that they have undertaken to bring and to foster.

'Years of misrule'

Fellow Kenyans: I'm inheriting a country which has been badly ravaged by years of misrule and ineptitude. [Applause] There has been a wide disconnect between the people and government, between people's aspirations and the government's attitude towards them. I believe that governments exist to serve the people, not the people to serve the government. [Applause] ...

Corruption will now cease to be a way of life in Kenya. [Applause] And, ladies and gentlemen, by the way you have voted in the last elections, I am calling upon all of you to come out and fight corruption, and agree to support the government in fighting corruption as our first priority.

Economy the priority

The economy, which you all know has been under-performing since the last decade, is going to be my first priority ... My government will embark on policies geared to economic reconstruction, employment creation and immediate rehabilitation of the collapsed infrastructure...

The people of Kenya have demonstrated to the world that Africa can manage its own destiny without disruption

Daniel arap Moi

We must unite to build a safe, new Kenya. Once again I call on all Kenyans to work with the government to realize the enormous potential of our country. We invite all those who have been outside Kenya to come back and join in the rebuilding of our new nation. [Loud applause]


'People of Kenya have spoken'

Daniel arap Moi: This is an historic day in the life of our country, Kenya. Today we welcome a new president. We congratulate him as we congratulate new MPs and new civic leaders.

The people of Kenya have spoken. So let me first acknowledge you, the people of Kenya. You have exercised your democratic rights in a mature and peaceful way. You are a credit to your country. You have demonstrated to the world that Africa can manage its own destiny without disruption.

Today, KANU [Kenya African National Union] must accept that it lost the election.

Daniel arap Moi

You have voted in a new president and a new government. Over the next five years they have the responsibility of living up to the trust that you have shown in them. May they be worthy of it.

'Mixed feelings'

Fellow Kenyans: Today I hand over the heavy burden of office. I do so with mixed feelings. We have come a long way together. We have accomplished much but there is much more to do. We have, above all, issues of poverty to address in our country. The next five years will be essential to reversing current trends. The next government will be judged on these results...

Fellow Kenyans: Politics is about winning and losing. Today, KANU [Kenya African National Union] must accept that it lost the election. This may be hard after 40 years in power but in a democratic opposition, constructive opposition has a vital role to play. The opposition must challenge the government, it must keep the government on its toes. I expect the KANU opposition to live up to this responsibility...

Respect for Kibaki

Fellow Kenyans: Let me now turn to my successor, Hon Mwai Kibaki. We have known each other for many years. We served together in the government led by our founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. He gave me loyal support when I became president on the death of President Kenyatta.

If our political paths separated in the multiparty era I have always respected him as a man of integrity and courage. He has surely demonstrated courage in fighting an election campaign after a serious motor accident. These qualities of integrity and courage will, I am sure, serve Kenya well. For me, my task is done. To the new government of Kenya, the work goes on...

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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