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Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president has surprisingly canceled the Extraordinary Summit on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the decision has received much criticisms.
The meeting was aimed at addressing serious challenges facing the APRM system, which the South African Institute for International Affairs said include, funding, leadership as well as waning political will on the continent.
Delegations of 35 member states were expected to attend the summit in Kenya’s capital, the press were preparing for their arrival, however, only four days before it was due to take place it was cancelled. No reason has been given for the sudden decision to abort the meeting.
The cancelation was not expected, The Citizen reported that five civil society organisations released a statement in Nairobi on Thursday expressing that they were “extremely disappointed” with the cancelation.
Grant Masterson, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa’s APRM programme manager, said that whilst Kenyatta had said that the summit was postponed to the African Union Summit in January next year, it was essentially a cancelation.