Kenya solidifies support for AU’s aspiration for democracy, good governance

Kenya has Friday solidified her support for the African Union’s (AU) aspiration that aims for an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

To solidify the support, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo deposited three instruments of accession to the AU office of the legal counsel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The deposit of the instruments by Kenya is also an expression of her commitment to adhere to international laws.

The Ratification process was under the aegis of the Joint AU-UNDP project on the acceleration of the ratification of Africa Union Treaties.

The exercise seeks to streamline the ratification and implementation of AU Treaties by the Republic of Kenya.

The 53-article charter was adopted on January 30, 2007, at the 8th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa.

The three instruments are:

African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). The instrument was adopted on 30 January 2007 as the African Union’s main normative instrument to set standards for better governance across the continent. It came into force in February 2021 after ratification by fifteen states.

Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s right on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa. The protocol seeks to protect the rights of older persons.

Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa. The protocol seeks to provide an African context for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, ODM leader Raila Odinga has left the country for a week-long trip that will see him visit Ethiopia and India.

A statement by his spokesperson Dennis Onyango indicated that Odinga is scheduled to attend the 35th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 5th to 6th February 2022.

“In his capacity as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, Odinga will hold Infrastructure related events and meetings on the sidelines of the Summit,” reads the statement in part.

After the summit, Odinga will head to India before returning to Nairobi.

The former prime minister is expected back in the country mid next week.

  

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