NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday
that his government will present its budget proposals earlier
than usual as the country prepares for the general elections in
Kenyatta said his government would officially
notify the East Africa Community (EAC) member states on the
change of date for the presentation of the budget proposals.
He added that the government is taking these measures to
ensure the country’s operations are not hampered when Kenyans go
EAC member countries have had a tradition of presenting their
budgets simultaneously in June and President Kenyatta said Kenya
fully supports reforms being undertaken at the EAC secretariat
to cut down costs.
"Count on us, we are committed to EAC integration and we want
you to succeed," the president said when he held talks in
Nairobi with Liberat Mfumukeko, EAC Secretary General.
Speaking during the talks, Mfumukeko said the EAC would send
an observer mission to Kenya during the elections, saying
Kenya’s democracy is a role model to other EAC member states.
The EAC secretary, who was appointed in March 2016, briefed
the president on the reforms the secretariat is undertaking
which are aimed at cutting costs and improving the ease of doing
business in this region.
He said the reforms instituted last year in the organs and
institutions of EAC, have so far brought some positive
developments in the management of resources at the secretariat.
He said as a show of confidence, key development partners
renewed their confidence in EAC and are once again ready and
willing to continue supporting the EAC.