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AG calls for continued civic education

15 August 2013, 16:11 Kelvin Wanjohi

Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai has commended Kenyan media houses for their extensive effort of conducting civic education ahead of general elections last year as well as covering the March 4 general elections.

Muigai was speaking during the first National civic education conference held in Nairobi Wednesday where 47 county civic educators had converged to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the civic education process that was going on in the country for the past several months.

He said that civic educators in the country played a great role in ensuring that Kenyans were conversant with their rights ahead of the elections and noted that the country was yet to fully implement the new constitution.

He said that all state organs are guided by the constitution and civic education is guided by the civic culture that the country has embraced  since the new government took office.

“I also take this opportunity to thank religious groups that greatly assisted during the training process, and even those who facilitated the provision of training materials through their funds including international organisations," Muigai added.

He urged the organisations and government institutions among them Kenya National Integrated Civic education (KNICE) to reach out to far flung areas in the country such as Turkana, Mandera and Wajir in order to comprehensively cater for all Kenyans.

“The attorney General’s office will be ready to offer you support as you spread the gospel to these areas,” said Muigai.

At the same time, he called on the civic educators to create social platforms including websites that target the youth, saying that they are likely to catch up with more youth who using social media in huge numbers.

UN Women representative in the country Ursula Bahati said that international organisations among them UNDP supported Kenya with funds and general knowledge that helped them with the promotion of democracy in the country.

The UNDP country director Maria Theresa said that devolution is new in the country, adding that challenges will be encountered but finally the country will see its fruits with time.

She appreciated Kenyans for undertaking the transition from central government to devolved governments peacefully and urged women to fine tune their leadership skills in order to benefit.

She urged the government to promote ICT at the local level to make the country a global village for easy access to information and new trends in the society.

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