The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

15 April 2008

Kenya: Cabinet Needs Teamwork

editorial

Dar es Salaam — At last President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya has named a new cabinet for his country. This comes after months of protracted negotiations with his main adversary, Mr Raila Odinga.

It also puts to an end the worries and tribulations that wananchi in Kenya suffered following the botched elections of last December.

The blotted cabinet of about 92 ministers is probably the largest on this side of Africa. Tanzania's is less than 50 while Uganda's is around 70.

But the question of numbers at this moment is probably not as important as that of stability in Kenya. What is needed most is cooperation and teamwork among the ministers.

So long as the cabinet would work as a team the peace that eluded the country will be everlasting. For Kenya has suffered a lot during these few months. People were killed in thousands, families displaced, houses torched and so on.

The turmoil in Kenya also adversely affected its neighbours Uganda, Tanzania and other Great Lakes countries. It especially affected members of the East African Community which were on the verge of taking steps towards fast-tracking the East African Federation.

We hope that with the naming of the new Kenya cabinet the East African region will come back to life again.

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