12 March 2018

Kenya: Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetangula Demand All-Inclusive Talks With Kenyatta

Athi River — After a day-long meeting, National Super Alliance (NASA) Principals led by Raila Odinga failed to make much head-way in diffusing the impasse occasioned by the unity agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Opposition chief.

Speaking at the end of the joint meeting with the Coalition Management Committee, Co-Principal and Amani National Congress (ANC) Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi said they had resolved that all affiliate parties should be briefed on the agreement with the aim of ratifying the decision to work with the government on unity.

"We heard from Raila Odinga on his meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. We listened and asked questions. He explained what was discussed. The summit registers its appreciation on the opening of doors for constructive dialogue and consequent steps to be taken to address issues of national concern," said Mudavadi while stressing that NASA supports constructive dialogue to address issues ailing the country such as electoral injustice, inclusivity, insecurity, poverty, challenges to devolution, and attacks on independence of the Judiciary.

Mudavadi added Odinga briefed them on the details of his meeting with President Kenyatta and stated that a more "elaborate" statement will be given after a follow-up Summit is held.

"A more elaborate briefing will be given to the media and indeed the nation in the coming days. We shall be retreating to ensure our individual parties, political organs are brought up to speed so that these issues are discussed and at the subsequent Summit meeting we shall break it down on the issues we have talked about today," the ANC leader said.

According to a schedule adopted by the Leaders, Odinga's Orange Democratic Party will be first to ratify the resolve at a joint National Executive Council and Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday followed by Wiper Party on Wednesday, ANC and FORD -Kenya on Thursday before the leaders troop to Kitui for the first joint unity rally which will also see them drum up support for Edith Nyenze, who is the Wiper flag-bearer in the Kitui West by-election scheduled for March 26.

The ANC Leader who was flanked by Odinga, NASA Deputy Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula (Bungoma) told reporters that they were not opposed to dialogue.

The development came as People's Assemblies Organising Committee led by Economist David Ndii announced the suspension of the forums in favour of the inclusivity program as opposed to pursuing a parallel path to inclusivity.

The People's Assemblies were launched by the National Super Alliance as a means for the people to "take back their power" from what the Opposition labeled the illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta.

Fourteen of the 47 counties adopted motions for their formation despite vehement opposition from the Attorney General Githu Muigai who viewed them as unconstitutional outfits and even moved to court to have them declared so.

Odinga and President Kenyatta on Friday vowed to work together to foster unity, fight corruption, promote security, rights and freedoms and economic progress.


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