President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday evening, attended a state banquet hosted in his honour by President Wavel Ramkalawan of Seychelles.
At the banquet, also attended by high-ranking Government officials and diplomats, President Kenyatta and his host reaffirmed the two countries' commitment to consolidating the ongoing efforts to secure the Indian Ocean waters through the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).
They expressed confidence that their collaboration will enable the two nations to secure the maritime domain.
Earlier on Monday, President Kenyatta addressed the Seychellois parliamentarians and challenged African parliaments to play their role in entrenching constitutionalism and good governance.
The Kenyan Head of State said he is dismayed by the increased unconstitutional power changes in several African countries.
"We need effective parliaments, such as the ones we have in Seychelles and Kenya, to protect the constitution and show by example that democratic governance does indeed deliver more effectively for the people," President Kenyatta said.
Noting that parliamentarians are the custodians of public resources, the President urged them to ensure those resources are effectively deployed and utilized for the benefit of the citizens.
"Honourable Members, you as representatives of the people occupy a very important place in our independent nations. As lawmakers, you have a sovereign duty to ensure that we have a legal framework that upholds the fundamental rights and freedoms of our people, ensures equity, and justice for all, and promotes the rule of law," President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State also said governments depend on their respective national assemblies to enact laws that promote intra-African trade and investment.
He added that parliaments have a critical role in promoting African integration, saying it was because of their significance that the Assembly of Heads of State and Government established the Pan African Parliament based in South Africa.
"Honourable Members, your responsibility to promote African integration extends to the ratification of the relevant agreements and protocols of the African Union.
"It is our national assemblies that expedited the ratification of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). I am confident that you, honorable members, will soon complete the process of ratification of the AfCFTA," he added.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.