COMESA has congratulated Kenya’s President Elect Dr William Samoei Ruto, following his victory in the August 9 General Elections. In a message to the President-Elect, Secretary General, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe also applauded the people of Kenya for exercising their civic duty in a peaceful, patient and calm manner.
“This has enabled a smooth conclusion of the entire electoral process and building on Kenya’s strong democratic credentials,” she said.
COMESA supported the Kenya electoral process through a joint pre-elections assessment mission with the African Union in May 2022 and thereafter launched a joint observer mission that witnessed the pre-election campaign, the voting, counting and tallying processes across the country.
“We can, therefore, attest to the efficiency, professionalism, and dedication of the electoral management bodies in the execution of this very demanding undertaking,” she added.
She cited the application of technology, and the levels of transparency which she noted will provide a good case study on elections and for sharing of best practices in Africa and beyond.
Kenya is a founder Member of COMESA and host four of its institutions, the highest number in one country: These are the African Trade Insurance Agency, the PTA Reinsurance Company (Zep-Re), Trade and Development Bank and the COMESA Monetary Institute.
The SG concluded:
“COMESA looks forward to working closely with your incoming government to move the regional integration agenda forward through increased trade and investment for the good of Kenya and our region.”