Kenya PM seeks steady dialogue

May 3, 2009 12:00 am

, KISUMU, Kenya, May 3 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Saturday that regular consultations with his coalition partner President Mwai Kibaki will be the only best solution in managing the government.

He said this should particularly be done by the two before they make any policy statements public to avoid eliciting contradictory remarks.

“The coalition must regularly consult and keeps each party in the coalition in the picture in the spirit of the National Accord that ushered the power sharing deal,” the Premier said when he presided over the launch of the Catholic diocese-sponsored Uzima University College of Health and Science in Kisumu.

The Prime Minister who has lately engaged President Kibaki in numerous contradictions on policy matters now blames it all on lack of consultations before major decisions reached are announced to the public.

He said unilateral proclamation of policy issue was sending mixed signals to the public especially when one of the parties was not kept abreast of the new development in the coalition government.

He said such mixed signals are contributory factors to the growing waning confidence on the part of the public as displayed during Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park Nairobi where angry youth pelted stones at the dais even as a Cabinet Minister read President Kibaki’s speech.

He said the protests and acrimony displayed by the workers towards the government officials during the fete was a clear indication of lack of confidence from the public.

The Premier said that the Orange Democratic Movement party was determined to see through the adherence of the National Accord to ensure that the reform agenda was on track.

“The party needs to forge unity of purpose to push through the reforms many Kenyans had yearned for ages and we are committed for this purpose,” he said.

He told residents of the lake side city that the government had earmarked major fishing routes in the region for upgrading to ensure that communication was improved to open up marketing of fish products from the lake.

“We plan to allocate funds for the construction of tarmac roads between Sidoho -Osieko route, and interconnect the Banyala- Funyula route to Port Victoria while another stretch would cover Nyadorera to Siaya,” he said.

MPs present included Prof Anyang Nyongo, Paul Otuoma, Prof Ayiecho Olweny, Olago Aluoch, and Shakil Shaabir among other members from Luo Nyanza Province.


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