Kenyatta: AU Peer Review Forum Losing Relevance

The outgoing Director General of External Security Organisation (ESO) Robert Masolo has Monday handed over office to his successor, cost Joseph Ocwet, Chimp Corps report.

The ceremony held at the President’s office was presided over by the Minister for Security Mary Karooro Okurut and witnessed by Head of Public Service, John Mitala and Secretary Office of the President, Ms Deborah Katuramu.

Others are Director ISO, Brig Ronnie Balya, Uganda Media Centre boss, Ofwono Opondo and all directors from ESO.

Both Masolo and Ocwet who have all been working together at ESO pledged to continue with their cooperation and strengthen the security of the country in their respective new stations.

Masolo joined ESO in 1989 and became Deputy Director before being appointed Director General in 2007.

He was last week transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his brief speech, Ocwet praised President Museveni for “putting trust and confidence in me,” adding, “My work method is to work as if there’s no tomorrow.”
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Sunday, order June 14, elected to chair the African Union’s (AU) peer review forum at the 25th summit of the AU in South Africa.

Kenyatta takes over from Liberia’s President Johnson Sirleaf in heading the forum whose mandate is to ensure that the policies and practices of participating countries conform to the agreed values in democracy and political governance.


President Kenyatta said the Africa Peer Review (APR) Mechanism has lost much of its lustre as an innovative, home-grown and effective tool to deliver on good governance for Africa.

“It has given way to routine exercises that do not instill the kind of enthusiastic commitment to leadership transformation reminiscence of past years” he said.

The President is currently attending the AU summit in South Africa.

Kenyatta said the APRM process is a cornerstone in Africa’s efforts to realize good governance and socio-economic development.

“It is unprecedented in the history of governance in Africa and remains a unique innovation, a first of its kind. We are the only region in the world which has voluntarily agreed to go into an extensive governance assessment of its member states. The Mechanism has steadily covered the continent with the voluntary adherence of thirty-five (35) countries representing more than 75 percent of the continent’s population,” said Kenyatta.

The President said Africa is at a critical juncture as a continent with regard to good governance.

“The success of Africa’s development agenda rests on good, effective governance across the continent. This is an indisputable truth,” he advised.

In the past, the APR Mechanism was described as a promoted a culture of national dialogue between citizens and their governments and encouraged peer reviews among leaders where African countries assessed their governance deficiencies, identified best practices and suggested pertinent corrective actions.

Country review reports have, in the past, been used as authoritative reference material and policy statements by academia, businesses, development partners and state actors.

In an effort to revitalize the APRM, Kenyatta propose that the Forum convenes an Extraordinary Summit together with ts strategic partners to discuss strategies for rejuvenating the mechanism, strengthening the role of the Panel of Eminent Persons in ‘enforcing’ compliance as earlier contemplated in the mechanism, mobilization of resources for effective APRM delivery; and raising the profile of the APRM to as the authoritative Governance index for Africa

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