Gumo slams ODM over accord demands

March 10, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo has slammed his colleagues in the Orange Democratic Movement who are agitating for the review of the National Accord.

Mr Gumo said assertions that the party was being short-changed by the Party of National Unity were not justified.

“It’s not a matter of being sidelined. People who have been given these positions are the one’s who are misusing them. If you are given a position and instead of utilising it to ensure that everyone in the country is benefiting, that is wrong,” he said.

The Minister instead urged his colleagues to concentrate on using the positions they have to develop the country and avoid party and tribal politics which he said had become characteristic of the Coalition government.

“We should be complaining about tribalism and nepotism. It is not a matter of PNU or ODM,” the Minister asserted.

Last week, ODM’s National Executive Committee accused its key partner PNU, of ignoring them in key government decisions and appointments and called for the review of the agreement. PNU however dismissed this demand and dared ODM to quit if they felt dissatisfied.

Soon after, a group allied to Agriculture Minister William Ruto also dismissed calls for re-negotiation and urged their colleagues to concentrate on nation building.

Chief Mediator Kofi Annan has called a meeting in Geneva to review the progress of the Coalition Government towards the end of this month but Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said on Monday that the President would not attend the meeting.

Mr Gumo said the meeting would not yield much and instead stated that President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga should address any challenges of the Coalition Government.

“If there is any negotiation let the two meet and negotiate. It will take a much shorter time and we shall agree,” he said.

Mr Gumo spoke as he announced plans to introduce a Sh10 billion wind power development project in North Eastern Province. The project he said has the potential of producing 100 megawatts of electricity. In the project the government will provide Sh3 billion while investors will give Sh7 billion.

The Minister said his Ministry had prepared a Cabinet Paper on the project for approval.


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