In Summary
  • Jubilee Party said the pact does not change its intentions to have Deputy President William Ruto take over as President in 2022.
  • Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki said the meeting between the two leaders could be the constitutional moment Kenyans have been yearning for.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is now proposing a meeting of him and his two other co-principals in the National Super Alliance with President Uhuru Kenyatta, which he says would give the country a chance to have an “all-inclusive dialogue”.

His suggestion comes five days after his coalition leader and head of the Orange Democratic Movement Raila Odinga met with President Kenyatta without the knowledge or approval of the Nasa Summit, consisting of Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka, Mr Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) and Mr Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya).

Mr Musyoka, speaking Wednesday after meeting with church leaders at the African Brotherhood Church headquarters in Machakos, said no peace-loving leader would oppose constructive dialogue, and so he would like to see himself and his colleagues allowed on the Raila-Uhuru table.

Should that happen, it would mean all leaders of the Opposition will be working with the ruling Jubilee Party, starving the nation of alternative political voices.

Most importantly, it would enrich the cohesion gospel preached by President Kenyatta since the divisive elections of last year.

“We believe in constructive dialogue,” Mr Musyoka said. “The three of us — Wetang’ula, Mudavadi and I — may have to meet President Kenyatta so that we (could also) hear from him.”

The President is currently in Cuba on official duty and Mr Musyoka said the date of their meeting will have to be determined by State House, if Mr Kenyatta wants to meet the Nasa team in the first place.

He said a motion in Parliament to endorse the dialogue held between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga should have waited until next week after other parties in the Nasa coalition meet and deliberate on the unfolding events, but still advised MPs from his party to pass the motion — with a rider that there has to be an all-inclusive dialogue, meaning, to use his earlier explanation, the whole of Nasa leadership must be brought on board.

As he spoke in Machakos, Kenya’s biggest political parties were uniting behind the Uhuru-Kenyatta deal in Nairobi and also warning their partners against using the opportunity to score political points.

Mr Odinga’s ODM warned its partners in Nasa not to blackmail it, while the Jubilee Party said the pact does not change its intentions to have Deputy President William Ruto take over as President in 2022.

The parties declared their positions through their leaders in the National Assembly and the Senate, where MPs lined up to declare their backing for the agreement announced by President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga last Friday.

The ODM chairman John Mbadi, the Minority Leader in the National Assembly, declared that his party would not tolerate any blackmail from its partners in Nasa.

“We are not ready to take blackmail,” he declared at the end of his speech as he moved the motion to debate the agreement between the top two political leaders.

“We are committed to the cause and no amount of blackmail will take us off the track.”

The Minority Leader’s references to President Kenyatta and pledge to support President Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda, coupled with Majority Leader Aden Duale’s praise for Mr Odinga, marked the drastic change in the political class that has been brought about by the agreement between the two leaders.

The same mood pervaded the Senate, where Minority Leader and Ford-Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula beat a hasty retreat and vowed to support the initiative.

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