In Summary
  • He urged them to take full advantage of the deal to ensure national dialogue takes root.

  • Mr Odinga told the MPs that a change of tack was important if the party was to make maximum gain in future political contests.
  • On the floor of the National Assembly, a Wiper MP sought to pass a message by taking the seat reserved for the Minority Leader.

ODM leader Raila Odinga has sought the support of his party MPs in endorsing last Friday’s meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga urged the MPs not to be distracted by those positioning themselves for the 2022 General Election.

He told the party’s Parliamentary Group that the meeting held at the Office of the President at Harambee House last Friday was a consequence of the events of January 30 in which he was sworn in as the people’s president.

He urged them to take full advantage of the deal to ensure national dialogue takes root.

“You should support national dialogue because it is a product of our swearing in,” Mr Odinga said during the meeting at Orange House yesterday.

Jibe at co-principals

JIBE

And in what appeared to be a jibe aimed at his co-principals in the Nasa coalition, Mr Odinga said: “It is the swearing-in that yielded the efforts towards national dialogue. Where were you on January 30 before you start asking us questions?”

He told the MPs that a change of tack was important if the party was to make maximum gain in future political contests.

“We are going nowhere if we engage in the kind of antagonism that we have been engaged in the last five years. We shall miss a lot and we may not be effective in our push for reforms because we shall be talking at each other instead of to each other.”  

Mr Odinga spoke even as tension within Opposition spilt to the floor of the National Assembly when members of the Nasa affiliates fought over seats reserved for House leaders.

MOTION DRAFTED

To show commitment for the meeting between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, the party has drafted a motion seeking the support of the two Houses of Parliament to adopt a nine-point agenda the two leaders agreed on after their meeting last Friday.

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