ODM meets over coalition fallout

April 7, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 7 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) was set to hold a National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss its position in the Grand Coalition government.

Party leader Raila Odinga told Capital News on Monday that the top organ would discuss ODM’s concerns and the way the Party of National Unity (PNU) was treating the National Accord.

“We have our own position with regard to the running of this coalition; we are going to make a decision. I don’t want to pre-empt tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) discussions,” he said.

He agreed that there were differences in the coalition which required the partners to discuss in view of finding a consensus.

“Yes there will always be differences in a situation like this; it depends on the goodwill that exists. If there is none, of course the marriage cannot last, and if it cannot, then of course there are options,” he said.

However he did not disclose what options the party would be considering.

Previously, there were threats by some ODM members to quit the coalition on allegation that PNU was not honouring the National Accord which facilitated the power sharing deal.

Mr Odinga further said the party will discuss laxity of the government in carrying out Agenda Item Four as agreed in the Accord.

Mr Odinga welcomed Justice Minister Martha Karua’s resignation saying her concerns were genuine.

“Judiciary has been identified as a major obstacle in fighting corruption and impunity, yet you see the Executive declaring confidence in the Chief Justice. Those signs show there is no will to move on with reform agenda, so her resignation is justified,” he said.

Ms Karua resigned from the government on Monday because of frustration from her colleagues who are opposed to reforms.

She said her fight against corruption had led to recent attacks against her by top politicians in the government.


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