Blueprint to manage coalition underway

August 19, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 19 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Tuesday that a conflict resolution policy was soon to be implemented to handle disputes among Grand Coalition partners.

He said the policy, which was drafted by the Adeniji mediation team, would eliminate disquiet in the coalition, ensuring it remained focused on service delivery.

The PM, who was speaking in his office after a meeting with former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjel Magne Bondevik, further appealed for patience saying the wrangling among Cabinet colleagues was normal owing to the fact that they came together after an intense campaign and a controversial election.

He however noted that offensive public statements against fellow ministers had gone down and expressed hope that with time they would all talk in one voice.

In efforts to strengthen the coalition, Odinga said his office was in the process of recruiting people to work in the Prime Minister’s Service Delivery Unit.

He said the Unit will liaise with other ministries for purposes of coordination.

Bondevik on his part urged the government to hold frequent consultations to facilitate discussions among members of the coalition.

He said recurrent meetings would promote the spirit of togetherness that would help iron out doubts and rivalry in the Cabinet.

The former Premier also called for the establishment of an Inner Cabinet committee made up of the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and three party leaders to deal with delicate issues and later present them to the Cabinet for further discussion.

He said that way differences would be resolved among Ministers without affecting the public.

He also emphasised on the need for members of the executive to work together and speak with one voice guided by a common political flat form which he said will require compromise by all the parties.


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