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Addressing the meeting, President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto emphasized the need for the legislators to unite and work together in delivering the pledges the Jubilee Coalition made to the people of Kenya.
“Let us stick and work together. Our future and strength lies in our unity,” President Kenyatta said.
Speaking after the meeting, National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale said the Coalition has resolved that the national dialogue the country needs will be done within the institutions created by the Constitution.
“The new Constitution 2010 created independent institutions that have the role of dealing with national issues. So we will expect the national dialogue to be framed within those institutions,” the National Assembly Majority Leader said.
The remarks come amidst increasing pressure on government to hold talks for a transitional government with the opposition.
Welcoming opposition leader, Raila Odinga last Saturday after a sabbatical leave in Unites States, former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka said the former must call for a national dialogue with Uhuru and members of his Jubilee team on Saba-Saba Day (July 7th, 2014) short of which “Kenyans will demand that they leave office and go home.”
Threats of protests from CORD have since stoked tensions in the Kenya, with fears that political violence could break out in the fragile nation.
Raila also said Kenyan leaders are milking the country dry to fatten their personal bank accounts as prices of consumer goods shoot through the roof.
The CORD leader also demanded the disbanding of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which he said was favouring Uhuru and his allies. –
However, Uhuru responded by saying opposition should forget all about the coalition government and instead provide ideas of developing the East African nation.
Citing calls for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by the opposition, Mr. Duale told the meeting at State House Nairobi on Tuesday that the roadmap for its disbandment is well documented in the Constitution.
He disclosed that the Parliamentary Group has resolved to form a Jubilee Coalition Secretariat –with representatives from all affiliate parties –to coordinate the activities of its members inside and outside the Senate and National Assembly to improve the Coalition’s service delivery to Kenyans.
“We are coming out of the meeting more refined and more united,” the National Assembly Majority Leader said.
On the motion to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, the Parliamentary Group presided over the drafter of the motion, Mithika Linturi, and agreed that the motion should be dropped.
“The Jubilee Coalition, as a family has urged our colleague Linturi to drop the motion. That is our position in both Houses of Parliament,” Mr. Duale said.
On his part, Senate Majority Leader Prof. Kindiki kithure said the Parliamentary Group meeting has come out with a strategy to take the legislative agenda of Parliament to the next level for the benefit of all Kenyans, especially with regard to Government Bills.
“We want to promise that going forward, there will be robust business on things that we think will help this country to move forward in accordance with the manifesto that we shared with the people of Kenya and also in accordance with the dictates of our new Constitution,” Prof. Kithure said.
On devolution, the Parliamentary Group commended President Kenyatta for his firm support in the past one year, saying the Jubilee Government allocated 43% of resources to county governments which is almost thrice the 15 % Constitutional threshold.
He urged the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee, which is chaired by Budalangi Member of Parliament Ababu Namwamba of Cord, to prepare and present the accounts as required.
“We know there have been issues about which accounts have been used and we want to remind Kenyans that the business of preparing the most recent accounts lies with the Public Accounts Committees which is chaired Cord Members of Parliament both in the National Assembly and in the Senate,” Prof. Kithure.
Prof. Kithure said those calling for national dialogue on devolution should channel their views through the Senate which is dedicated to discuss, debate and legislate on the issue.
“Cord is significantly represented in Senate so they should channel their views through their representatives in the House,” the Senate Majority Leader said.
The meeting was attended by 202 Members of National Assembly and over 30 Jubilee Senators.