PNU to discuss Waki on Tuesday

October 31, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, October 31 – The Party of National Unity (PNU) and its affiliate parties will hold a Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday to give their final stand on the Waki report.

After a three hour meeting chaired by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday, the party said members were still in consultation on the way forward in implementing the Waki Commission findings. Friday’s meeting was attended by Ministers and Assistant Ministers who represent PNU affiliate parties.

He said PNU decided to arrive at a common ground considering the sensitivity of the report.

“The PNU Coalition will not participate in a knee-jerk reaction to the matter because of the serious national implications deriving from the report. The working party has noted the report and will hold further consultations,” said the VP.

He said it will also be necessary for PNU to hold the PG like its coalition partners in ODM did on Thursday to discuss the report before it is tabled in Parliament.

The Vice President also hinted that the report that has already created deep divisions among even ministers will soon be discussed in Cabinet.

“It’s hoped that at the end of party consultations the report it will go to the Cabinet and (then) find its way to the House, but before that Kenyans have the right to reflect on it,” he noted.

Narc Kenya Chairperson Martha Karua left the Friday meeting prematurely and told journalists outside Jogoo House that her push for the full implementation of the Waki report would not change.

“A lot of money and time had been consumed to come up with the report and it is unfair to dismiss it,” said Ms Karua.

She said Friday’s meeting only discussed the contents of the report but did not to make any decision concerning its implementation.

Mathira MP Ephraim Maina who was representing Government Chief Whip George Thuo said some of the report’s findings were questionable.

“The report creates an impression that there was planning and incitement in Central Province. We all live in Kenya (and know that) Central Province was fairly peaceful. Saying that the province planned the violence is wrong, this cannot be the truth, we are all aware it began in Eldoret and spread to other parts of the country,” he said.

The Waki report remains a major subject of discussion with most of the politicians calling for its dismissal.

Meanwhile, a source within the African Union has told Capital Newsbeat that they were keenly monitoring how Kenyan politicians are handling the Waki Report.

The senior AU official however disclosed that the organisation’s leaders are consulting on the way forward should the government reject the document.


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