Thursday 14 August 2008 - For immediate release
Githongo to return to Kenya
John Githongo, former Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics in the Kenya Government, is to return to Kenya after an absence of over three years. He is currently Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford, and Vice-President, Policy and Advocacy, of the relief, development and advocacy agency World Vision.
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Mr Githongo has been invited to address a meeting of the Kenya Human Rights Commission in Nairobi on 20 August.
In a statement issued in London today, Mr Githongo said that he had been invited back by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
"I have been greatly encouraged by both the Prime Minister and the Vice President," he said, "and now believe that it is time to return home and make any contribution I can to the future of my country. Kenya has faced severe problems in recent months, and some of these remain. But I have complete confidence in the ability of Kenyans, at all levels, to confront and surmount them.
"I intend to speak my mind on what I feel needs to be done. I have no political affiliations. My obligations are solely to the people of Kenya – particularly the poor, the dispossessed and those in need."