Mandela commends Kenya's open democratic space

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting former South African President Nelson Mandela has praised the Kenyan government for consolidating peace and opening up the democratic space in the country, an official statement said here Thursday.
Speaking during a courtesy call on President Mwai Kibaki at the State House, the African Statesman described Kenya as a good example of an emerging democracy to be emulated by other countries in the region.
"Peace and harmony are the core of success of any country," emphasised Mandela, who is in Kenya on a two-week visit accompanied by his wife, Graca Machel, head of the New Partnership for Africa's Development Peer Review Mechanism mission to the country.
Mandela also commended the National Rainbow Coalition government for speeding up development in Kenya.
He cited the government's free primary education programme as key in empowering the Kenyan youth to cope with modern challenges, adding that education improved productivity and creativity.
Kibaki said he and other African leaders were inspired by Mandela's wisdom and leadership, especially with regard to the liberation of South Africa and promotion of peace and freedom globally.
"You have done Africa proud.
We are greatly inspired by your endless efforts to make the world a better place by spearheading peace and reconciliation as a way of restoring human dignity," he added.

06 october 2005 12:22:00

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