October 20, 2018

Duale hurdling Uhuru-Raila talks, state three ODM MPs from Nyanza

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale [www.the-star.co.ke]

Jubilee’s point man and Leader of Majority Aden Duale is the stumbling block for dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA chief Raila Odinga, three ODM MPs have said.

The three MPs from Nyanza led by Homa Bay Women rep Gladys Wanga said Uhuru has time to dialogue with Raila before his planned swearing in on January 30.

“Duale thinks we are not serious with our swearing-in plans. He needs to know that we are not ready to be in a country of electoral injustices,” he said as quoted by the Star.

Others are Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), and Lillian Gogo (Rangwe).

They said NASA has given Jubilee enough time to get to the dialogue table but they have remained adamant.

Atandi said they are not backing down on the oath plan for Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.

But, he added, there will be no window for dialogue once they are sworn in.

“NASA leaders had extended a hand for dialogue but Jubilee declined to participate. The door for dialogue will be closed as soon as Raila is sworn in,” charged the Alego Usonga MP.

They said they had put a framework in place for the talks between Uhuru and Raila in ending the August 8 elections impasse.

US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has urged Jubilee to reconsider its decision not to have dialogue with. NASA.

He said the country’s political stability is by a large extent dependent on the national dialogue that Uhuru has vowed not to be part of.

Raila is set to be sworn in on January 30 at Uhuru Park.

Jubilee has warned of drastic measures should the oath plan be executed.

ON Saturday, Raila’s adviser Salim Lone said Uhuru should act like his predecessor, Mwai Kibaki who initiated dialogue in 2008 with Raila.

Lone said this is the only way to “give hope for a resolution to the alarming situation that prevails.”

“It is important to repeat what Raila and the other NASA leaders have highlighted as the only way out of this confrontational environment — a serious dialogue to be initiated between President Uhuru and NASA leaders on the basis of equality. “

He also warned that “Without that dialogue, Kenya’s politics will remain volatile and explosive, disrupting economic activity and governance for months to come.”



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