The Star (Nairobi)

20 December 2012

Kenya: Kibaki Bids Parliament Farewell After 49 Years

President Kibaki yesterday told Kenyans to vote for persons of high moral standards in the coming elections.

In his farewell speech to Parliament-- where he has been a member since independence 49 years ago-- Kibaki said voters should go for competent persons as elected leaders.

"It is critical that Kenyans are led by competent leaders with high moral standards. I therefore call upon all Kenyans to vote wisely for the men and women who will seat in this House next year. Let us vote for leaders who put the interests of the people first, and who are hardworking and visionary," Kibaki said in his farewell speech to Parliament where he has been a member since independence 49 years ago.

Kibaki also launched a book that captures his contributions during his time in Parliament. "For the first time in nearly fifty years, I will not be on any election ballot paper," Kibaki said.

He thanked Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his dedication and commitment to serving the public "despite the challenges we faced in the last five years."

Kibaki also commended Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Premiers Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Speaker Kenneth Marende and the MPs for their hard work.

He said Parliament had passed 227 Bills in the last ten years with 2012 recording the busiest legislative calendar with over 90 Bills passed.

Kibaki commended the Tenth Parliament for passing the new constitution in 2010 and meeting all the timelines in passing the legislations required under the Fifth Schedule of the Transitional clauses.

Kibaki also commented Parliament for approving his government's decision to deploy the Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia to deal with Al Shabaab.

Kibaki first served as MP of Donholm in Nairobi before shifting to Othaya after one term. He has held the Othaya seat since then and has served as Cabinet minister in both the Kenyatta and Moi regimes and leader of government business as well as leader of the opposition at different times since.

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