Odinga happy with Uhuru over joint committee dialogue move


President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the government will set up a special select committee of Parliament to steer dialogue on the IEBC stalemate.

According to the Head of State, the joint committee will be set up in accordance with the standing orders of the National Assembly and Parliament.President Uhuru said he reached the decision after consulting religious leaders, and Speakers Ekwee Ethuro (Senate) and Justin Muturi (National Assembly).

He said in an address to the country on Wednesday, June 8, that Jubilee will nominate its members to the committee in a meeting on Thursday.

The Head of State noted that all public and private sector stakeholders will be given an chance to offer submissions to the joint committee.

Uhuru said: “Stakeholders from both sides will form a joint select parliamentary committee and allow public participation.”

The President added that dialogue was welcome but clarified it must be within the confines of the law.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Raila Odinga has been for the better part of the last two months pushing his calls for dialogue and has told KTN by phone that the President’s directive was welcome.

Raila noted that Cord is ready for dialogue and believes it will come a long way.

But the Raila was cautious on the developments saying: “We will respond to the development tomorrow. We are going to consult after seeing the content of the statement.”

The opposition has already released a list of members whom they thought would engage their Jubilee counterparts on the fate of the IEBC. The President however refused to nominate his team saying any discussions must be done in parliament.

Cord had nominated Senators James Orengo (Siaya) and Johnstone Muthama (Machakos), Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu, Suna East’s Junet Mohammed and Mombasa woman representative Mishi Mboko.

A statement released by the coalition’s Chief of Staff Andrew Mondoh said that the teams will also have joint secretaries – Paul Mwangi and Grace Katasi.

Cord has of late been organising weekly protests pushing for the removal of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission top brass from office over claims of corruption and electoral malpractice.

The government has on Tuesday, June 7, banned the weekly demonstrations by Cord with the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery saying they have led to loss of lives and destruction of property, which cannot be condoned any more.

Cord directed its members to withdraw from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee until further directions are given by the coalition’s leaders.

Senator Orengo said to the press after a parliamentary group meeting that all members of the coalition would withdraw from what he termed as “bipartisan parliamentary process on IEBC”.
Via the Star

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