Kenyan-born Australian Senator appeals for patience in realizing mature democracy

Kenyan-born Australian Senator, Lucy Gichuhi, has appealed for political tolerance and patience in governance as the country advances towards mature democracy.

The first black African Senator in Australia said Kenya was still a young democracy and a lot of patience was needed towards achieving functional democratic system.

Senator Gichuhi however said the country was headed in the right direction and had made tremendous strides in opening up and nurturing democratic space especially with the advent of a new constitution.

The Senator said there have been complaints over governance in Kenya which should not be the case for a country that was only half a century old in self-rule.

Speaking when she paid a courtesy call to Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, in his office , Ms. Gichuhi said devolution takes times for mature democracy to be realized.

I know people here can hardly note that anything positive is taking place given that they are part of the system. But I want to say for sure great things have happened and there is hope more is going to happen, she said.

The legislator at the same time promised to promote bilateral ties between Kenya and Australia especially in uplifting education standards in the country.

She appealed to learners to take advantage of abundant education opportunities and scholarships available in her country as well as other developed countries that come with numerous job prospects.

The 54-year-old Senator who hails from Hiriga village in Mathira Constituency also used the opportunity to pass her message of condolence to county administration and locals following the death of Governors, Nderitu Gachagua and Wahome Gakuru.

The Senator who relocated to Australia 20 years ago termed the first governor (Gachagua) as her role model and mentor in her political career.

Source: Kenya News Agency