12 December 2001

Kenya: A-G Meets Children's 'Cabinet'

Attorney-General Amos Wako yesterday kept a 'President' and her 'Cabinet' waiting for two hours.

Then when he finally turned up he only had ten minutes for them before dashing off to another function.

The Children's Cabinet had called on him at his Sheria House office. The Cabinet had an appointment with the A-G for 8.30 am. Wako finally arrived at 10.30 am and apologised for the delay saying he had been summoned to attend to other pressing State duties.

The Children's Cabinet led by their President, Florence Ndalu and her vice Moses Mwangi, included Ministers Patrick Kamau, Jeanette Njeri, Mercy Gichangi, Moses Okoth, Anne Magondu and Ken Karanja.

After introductions they thanked MPs for passing the Children Bill (2001). Wako then explained that he had another pressing assignment.

"I have been summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and have to leave in the next ten minutes. I hope you will pardon me," he implored.

He informed the children that PAC is the parliamentary oversight body that vets expenditure of public funds.

Wako promised to host the "Cabinet" to a one-hour meeting this Friday and later treat them to a Christmas luncheon.

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