ODM issues fresh threats

April 7, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 7 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Tuesday threatened to use unspecified Parliamentary and non- Parliamentary means to push the stalling reform agenda.

Speaking after a National Executive Council cum Parliamentary Group meeting, ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o demanded immediate reforms in the Civil Service, the Police and the Judiciary.

“The collapse of the Kilaguni talks shows the lack of commitment by (President) Kibaki to implement Agenda Item Four in preference to maintaining the status quo,” he accused.

“We therefore reserve the right to look into various options open to us to move this country forward including Parliamentary and non-Parliamentary action.”

Other items on this agenda are constitutional and institutional reforms, tackling poverty, inequality and unemployment among the youth, consolidating national cohesion and unity and undertaking land reforms.

The party further backed their leader, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, on the management of the Grand Coalition Government.

Prof Nyong’o blamed President Mwai Kibaki for derailing the full implementation of the National Accord.

“The party can no longer take Kibaki`s flagrant disregard of the interest of the majority of Kenyans,” charged Prof Nyong’o. “ODM would like to make it crystal clear that it is Mwai Kibaki who is personally responsible for derailing the National Accord and landing the country into the present political gridlock and quagmire in the operations of the government.”

The four-hour meeting that chaired by Prime Minister Raila Odinga was also attended by more than 23 MPs including 10 cabinet ministers.

Agriculture Minister and Deputy Party Leader William Ruto left the meeting before its conclusion saying he had an official function while Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader Musalia Mudavadi did not attend both the joint NEC/PG and Pentagon meeting that was called earlier in the day.

The PM had earlier in the day met top party leaders and members of the ‘Pentagon’.


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