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Grand Coalition takes the last lap

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Tuesday marks the fourth and last year of the Grand Coalition government, a regime crafted to stop bloodshed as Kenya convulsed following the bungled 2007 presidential elections.February 28 marks the signing of the National Accord under the close supervision of African statesmen led by chief mediator Dr Kofi Annan.On Monday, Annan said the agreement was the key to the unity of Kenya because it laid the foundation for peace and national reconciliation, and served as a springboard for stability and opportunity to Kenyans.But he also reminded Kenyans that much still remained to be done to ensure reconciliation, national healing and cohesion."As the country moves towards the next General Election and the implementation of goal of the National Dialogue and Reconciliation a reality," said Annan.In January, President Kibaki announced that a national conference to stem ethnic tensions and heal the country from ethnicity would be constituted, though no date has been set yet.Annan said doing so would be important "to achieve peace, stability and justice through the rule of law and respect for human rights"Although the country has achieved a lot in terms of infrastructure development, many more remain, including land reform, devolution of resources and justice for post-election victims.Last week, Parliament extended by three months the period of land reforms, while President Kibaki on Monday rejected the County Governments Bill because of what it means for the Provincial Administration.While MPs want District Commissioners, District Officers and Chiefs deployed to work under County Governors, President Kibaki and his Cabinet insists that the age-old bureaucracy should remain under the National Government.The implementation of the Constitution is also still in progress, while the date of the next election has not been resolved. Click here