THE Raila OdingaThe Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition, led by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya, on Thursday convened a crisis meeting of the Parliamentary Group (PG) to deliberate on the report of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) amid divisions among its senior leaders on the question of the cost of living.
National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi on Monday invited Azimio PG lawmakers to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation (JOOF) in Upper Hill, Nairobi on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 10am.
“…at the meeting, members will deliberate on the report of the National Dialogue Committee with a view to taking a common position,” Mr Wandayi’s invitation to MPs reads in part.
The AG follows sharp differences between opposition luminaries, with Azimio’s board chairman, former President Uhuru Kenyatta, expressing discomfort with the report on the handling of the issue of Cost of life.
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and her DAP-Kenya counterpart Eugene Wamalwa have already distanced themselves from the report, with the latter insisting he would not sign it despite being a member of the committee that wrote it.
Mr Odinga said on Sunday that he had received the report but had not yet read it or made his comments, a statement which coalition sources said yesterday was aimed at moderating harsh criticism of the report from his colleagues.
“Remember that the dialogue between the government and the opposition was initiated by members of the diplomatic community who lobbied for it and President Ruto and Mr Odinga have no choice but to do so. support with the aim of ensuring peace and stability in the country, away from the streets. protests,” said a source within Azimio. Nation Monday.
The source stressed that Western envoys were concerned about how both sides were handling the report, and with President Ruto having already approved it, all eyes were now on Mr Odinga.
Some opposition lawmakers also began attacking the report even before the AG, with Saboti MP Caleb Amisi, an ally of Mr Odinga, expressing reservations over the commission’s failure to effectively address the cost of living issue .
It was not immediately clear whether Kenyatta would attend the meeting.
Mr Wamalwa, who insisted on Sunday that Kenyans had been subjected to a brutal deal and pledged not to put his signature on the report, said yesterday he would attend the AG and voice his concerns.
When asked if Kenya Kwanza would also hold a PG to take a common position on the report, National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa said “PGs are convened by the leader of the party (President Ruto) and he did not do it.
President Ruto had already spoken out on the report on Sunday, urging MPs to support it while promising to implement the commission’s recommendations.
Among the recommendations agreed by the team are the creation of the position of leader of the official opposition with two deputies and the enshrinement in law of the position of secretary of the Prime Cabinet.
Other proposals from the team include evaluating the 2022 election process, expanding the IEBC selection panel, extending the deadline for submitting presidential petitions from 14 to 21 days, and reducing the budget government travel.
Yesterday, a source within the Azimio coalition told Nation that Mr Odinga faced a difficult balancing act and was “damned if he supports the report, and damned if he doesn’t support it “.
Another source in Azimio revealed that although Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka believed the street protests were within the law, they were reluctant to bring their supporters back to the streets, a decision which appears to be at odds with the point from Ms. Karua’s point of view.
The source said there was a feeling that some leaders in the Mount Kenya region were pushing for the protests “but they have not been able to rally their supporters on the streets”.