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Raila aonya:Its Reforms or Else....!

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Hii kali kweli....

    Coalition Government in tatters


    Updated 2 hr(s) 5 min(s) ago

    By Standard On Sunday Team

    The Grand Coalition Government is in tatters. Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked out on a meeting chaired by President Kibaki and refused to return when he sent for him.

    The Cabinet is mired in confusion. Kilaguni ministers’ retreat turned a fiasco. The fires of bitter rivalry between Kibaki and Raila, momentarily quenched by power sharing, have burst the seams. The Cabinet – the country’s highest decision making organ — is in a shambles and the two managers have left the bench to stand by their teams.

    The political antagonism and blame-game between Party of National Unity and Orange Democratic Movement is now boiling over the melting pot. And Kenya could soon be in limbo – unless decisive and resolute leadership stems the tide of rebellion in Cabinet and resolves the differences between the coalition’s two main blocs.

    Cabinet held hostage

    This is the situational analysis following collapse of talks between the 12-member National Management Committee – constituted by the President and the PM to smoothen the operations of a Cabinet held hostage by the undercurrents of PNU-ODM rivalry. It is a committee of Cabinet ministers, five from each side, and incorporates the President and PM as ‘team captains’. The meeting was to have been the third for the committee formed in January.

    Prime Minister Raila Odinga walks out of stalled Cabinet committee talks in Kilaguni Lodge with ministers from his party. [PHOTO: omondi onyango]
    The venue was Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and the bone of contention was the agenda. The dignitaries landed at the lodge in the heart of the Tsavo National Park on Friday evening ostensibly to heal the wobbling coalition. Their arrival abode Air Force choppers was glamorously relayed by the media to an expectant nation – anxious to see an end to the wrangling in Cabinet and coalition partners working in harmony and bound by mutual respect.

    Consultations to continue

    "The President went into a room and called Raila but he declined," revealed Cabinet minister Mutula Kilonzo. It was Mutula who told ODM what they wanted on the agenda amounted to renegotiation of power-sharing deal, to which Raila responded he was not supposed to be in the meeting as he was not a member. He walked out thereafter. Mutula was stepping in for Justice Minister Martha Karua, who declined to take her position in the committee probably because she was not in the first list. "Mutula like Karua is lawyer and PNU wanted him in so as to help counter arguments from ODM ‘lawyer, James Orengo,’’ revealed a source.

    ODM also wanted Forestry Minister Noah Wekesa thrown out alongside Mutula, as he was not a member of the committee. They finally had to leave the meeting.

    On arrival in Nairobi Raila told journalists ODM was consulting and would tell the country its next course of action. Speaking at Serena Hotel, he said the meeting did not take place because ODM found a different agenda on the table other than what was agreed to by the secretariats of the two groups.

    But even after the talks stalled the President, through his press service, sent a media brief that curiously started with the line: "The Grand Coalition Government has held consultations today." He went on: These consultations are important. They have helped members to see and hear different opinions. The consultations will continue in future meetings to foster understanding among members."

    He said even as this is done, the country must fast-track constitutional review and development agenda.

    ODM wanted the question of who comes first in the chain of command, between the PM and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka sorted out. They also wanted the conflict between the PM and Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura ironed out, as well as discussions on the report on police killings by UN special Rappoteur Philip Alston, government communication, membership of the committee of Cabinet, fast tracking of reform Agenda 4, Waki Report, and the opening remarks of the President and PM.

    Other sources reported the situation was aggravated by PNU’s insistence that Muthaura, Director General of the National Security Intelligence Service Michael Gichangi and the Principal Administrative Secretary in the Cabinet Office Sam Mwale be allowed into the meeting. "PNU wanted discussion on a report on the status of the coalition, ODM insisted on specific reform Agenda 4 on historical injustices, land issues and internally displaced persons. The meeting aborted at that point,’’ added the source.

    Coalition’s image building

    PNU agenda items included minutes of the meeting of February 5, options in implementation of the Waki report, review of the implementation of the national accord, audit of the Grand Coalition Government, fast-tracking of the national accord, especially for reforms, image building for the Grand Coalition Government, way forward and any other business.

    Raila refused to talk

    "The talks have collapsed because the President’s agenda was Waki Tribunal and working relationships in Cabinet. ODM wanted renegotiation of power yet this was done in Serena, you cannot bring it afresh,’’ said the Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua on phone.

    "The PM has refused to talk to the President until a few minutes ago. He sees it like it is a new renegotiation of power,’’ he went on his call to The Standard on Sunday.

    He added: ODM also wanted the PM’s salary discussed but they were told Kenyans are starving. They also wanted discussions on Government appointments, especially the military but you see some things are constitutional. They were told there is no going to a new Serena.

    His parting shot: "The President’s view is that the national accord is in the Constitution and renegotiation of power sharing cannot be done, and (Dr Kofi) Annan has said as much. Only Parliament can do that

    The Standard | Online Edition :: Coalition Government in tatters
  2. Ab-Titchaz

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    Coalition bonding talks collapse


    Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka (centre) with Cabinet ministers Charity Ngilu, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto after the meeting.


    Posted Saturday, April 4 2009 at 20:13

    Sharp political differences, suspicion and grandstanding and vested interests Saturday led to the collapse of a meeting of political bigwigs called to discuss the management of the Grand Coalition Government...ZAIDI.
  3. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Kwa ufupi Kenya kuna kazi.Huu muungano bado hauaminiki mpaka leo.
    Kisha kuna majina ya watu waliohusika na lile fujo la baada ya kura na
    wanatakikana kupelekwa mahakamani..either a local tribunal ama waende
    The Hague kama tulivyohabarishwa hapo awali.Lakini kwa sasa jamaa
    bado wanasuasua na modlaities of how to go about it.

    Tusubiri hii wiki tuone kutakuaje.
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Ab- Titchaz,

    Is Coalition a Transition Govt? Will there be elections before 2012?

    What is the fate of New Constitution?
  5. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Kwanza kabisa hii ni Coalition Govt.

    Pili, watu walikua wanaazimia kwamba itakua transition Govt.
    Kwamba yale matatizo ya '07 yakishatatuliwa basi tutarudi
    kwenye huu mchezo upigwe tena, maana ilikua wazi kua Kibaki
    aliiba kura. Lakini kwa vile ilonekana kua itakua 'long exercise'
    kupiga kura tena, wakaamua acha ngoma ikae mpaka 2012
    ambapo mdebwedo utasukwa upya.

    Kuhusu the new Constitution, nadhani wabunge walisahau ahadi
    yao na wananchi maana walipofika Bungeni walianza mikakati ya
    kujipatia mapato, maana nasikia hawalipi kodi(si utani mwanangu)!
    Je watakumbuka kubadili katiba ya mkoloni????

    Nd'o Kenya ilivyo kwa sasa na asikuambie mtu kitu!
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    Raila: It's reforms or else...


    Updated 15 hr(s) 26 min(s) ago


    Prime Minister Raila Odinga launched a vicious attack on President Kibaki over the slow pace of reforms even as Justice Minister Martha Karua gave the strongest hint that she would quit Government.

    Raila's attack on the President - the first since the Coalition Government was formed a year ago - came only a day after a retreat by a committee of Cabinet ministers ended in disarray on Saturday.

    Raila warned that ODM could pull out if comprehensive reforms were not put in place.

    This happened even Karua said she could quit her Cabinet position if she was not given a free hand in running the affairs of her ministry. President Kibaki last week appointed seven judges without her knowledge.

    Raila on his part, while addressing a rally at Makongeni estate in Nairobi Sunday, asked: "What kind of Government are we leading yet when I speak as the Prime Minister and he (Kibaki) contradicts me?"

    But Kibaki was not there to defend himself against Raila's accusations, having left the country for a regional meeting in Zambia, leaving that task to Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and other ministers.

    Raila walked out

    Speaking only a day after the stalled talks at Kilaguni Serena Lodge, Raila said: "He (Kibaki) has no respect for me. Respect is a two-way traffic. We have been patient enough. We signed the National Accord to restore peace but we are being taken for granted. From today we will go back to the people and demand reforms," Raila said.

    Raila said he was convinced that ODM won the 2007 General Election and so would not hesitate to return to the ballot.

    On her part, Karua left no doubts about her imminent departure from Government.

    "I have done a lot as a backbencher," Karua said at St Stephen's Church on Jogoo Road, where ODM politicians were in attendance.

    "Mtu akikupa jembe halafu akufunge mikono, utawezaje kuifanya hiyo kazi? (How can you perform a task when someone gives you a hoe and then ties your hands?)"

    After the collapse of the coalition talks at Kilaguni Serena Lodge in Tsavo West game reserve Kibaki and Raila's parties gave different versions of what led to the collapse of the retreat.

    Kibaki's Party of National Unity PNU issued a press statement in Nairobi Sunday, reacting to Raila's on Saturday evening, accusing him of walking out on Kibaki.

    Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who read PNU's statement accompanied by seven ministers and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by 23 MPs and seven Cabinet ministers at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi declared that in spite of the Saturday events, "the grand coalition is not about to collapse because no one is talking about running away from the coalition."

    Transport minister Ali Mwakwere accused ODM of exhibiting arrogance for leaving the talks and claimed Raila walked out on Kibaki.

    Uhuru accused ODM of trying to push for the recruitment and appointments into the armed forces on party lines. "ODM wants PNU and ODM military officers," said Kenyatta who also accused Raila of refusing to "meet the President at some stage."

    Internal Security minister George Saitoti claimed the coalition "is not collapsing as portrayed in the media" but accused ODM of introducing an agenda that could not be discussed at Kilaguni.

    Battle over jobs

    Musyoka claimed the talks collapsed because ODM sprung an agenda on PNU about constitution of the Armed Forces, appointments to diplomatic missions and civil service that he alleged could not be discussed by the Permanent Committee on the Management of the Grand Coalition Affairs or outside comprehensive review of the Constitution.

    He also alleged that ODM wanted to discuss Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura and re-negotiate the National Accord.

    "It is clear that out coalition partners are seeking re-negotiation of the February 2008 National Accord," said the VP who also alleged that PNU wanted to discuss fast implementation of Agenda 4 on long term solutions to Kenya's problems, impunity and review implementation of the National Accord.

    But ODM disputed documents issued by Musyoka.

    The PM's office immediately released documents and claimed copies of reports issued by PNU at its press briefing yesterday were falsified, selective and a misrepresentation of proceedings between the two parties before and after the abortive retreat.

    Two centres of power

    Both parties, however, were in agreement that a pre-retreat agenda and programme had been published after extensive consultations.

    Reactions to the stalemate were varied. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Dr Bonny Khalwale, Assistant Minister Silvester Wakoli and Matungu MP David Were called on Kibaki and Raila to take full charge of their coalition blocs and move the country forward.

    Wakoli said Kibaki and Raila may be genuine in their dealings but their close political lieutenants are behind the friction in the Coalition Government.

    Khalwale said Kibaki and Raila should adhere to the National Accord and work together instead of engaging in fights for political supremacy.

    "It is coming out clearly that we have two centres of power and Kenyans need to brace for hard times," said Khalwale who is the Ikolomani MP.

    Speaking on Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said time could be running out for the full implementation of Agenda Four of the National Accord.

    Echoing Chief Mediator Kofi Annan's sentiments, Mudavadi said Kenya has just 15 months to implement the reform agenda, adding that the country should not wait any longer.

    Mudavadi noted that there are over 1.2 million people in the voters' register who have since died.

    "After 15 months, implementation of the reform agenda might be hard because we would have neared the General Election," he said.

    Yesterday, Mudavadi said those calling for elections now are misleading the country.

    "The country is yet to deal with the issue of impunity, a new Constitution and a new electoral body," said Mudavadi, who is also the Sabatia legislator.

    Mudavadi was speaking at the launch of Sabatia Constituency strategic plan at Moi Girls, Vokoli.

    The Standard | Online Edition :: Raila: It's reforms or else......
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