RB wins international kudos

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa EISA has thanked past President Rupiah Banda for the role he has played in preparing Kenya for the general elections set for 4th March, 2013.

And the Millenium Excellence Foundation (MEF) has described President’s appointment to lead a 50 man Carter Centre international election observer mission in Kenya as hardly surprising.

In a letter to Mr Banda, EISA Kenya country director Felix Odhiambo said President Banda’s willingness to attend the election preparation conference and deliver the keynote speech in Nairobi last month made a great deal on the success of the conference and re-engineering of the EISA work towards supporting democratic free and fair elections in Kenya and the African continent.

The election preparation conference was held in partnership with the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission of Kenya, the judiciary working Committee on Election preparations and the Kenyatta University School of Law.

“Excellency, your presentation and wise counsel did enrich the electoral discourse in our country in the run-up to the general elections. Your choice of words and sagacious advice on electoral preparations and peaceful conduct during the electoral process will surely go a long way in radiating our country’s path towards peaceful, free and fair elections,” read part of Mr Odhiambo’s letter.

He added that the EISA family was forever indebted to President Banda for the support he had accorded the pursuit of its mission to strive for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, citizen participation and the strengthening of political institutions for sustainable democracy in Africa.

“No amount of words can express our sincere gratitude, thank you Mr President.”

Mr Banda last year led an EISA election observer mission to the National Assembly elections in Lesotho.

And MEF chairman Ashim Morton said that Mr Banda’s commitment to creating an enabling democratic environment at the regional, sub regional, national and local levels in order to achieve sustained economic growth and sustainable development was seen in his efforts for peace, stability and security.

“As we can all se, how you so eloquently accepted defeat from the loss of electoral campaign in Zambia and endorsed the incoming president, shows maturity and one that all current heads of State in Africa should emulate when they lose elections. Your new position to lead a 50 man Carter Centre team in Kenya is just a nomination and we wish you well,” said Ambassador Morton.