VP, Raila differ over development

February 23, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Monday disagreed with Prime Minister Raila Odinga over how the government is implementing its development agenda.

In an apparent reference to remarks made by Mr Odinga on Sunday during a TV interview, Mr Musyoka said the Grand Coalition Government was currently implementing a collective development programme drawn from the manifestos of the coalition partners.

“Statements made to the public in the last few days suggesting that implementation of government policy since the formation of the Grand Coalition has been skewed in favour of policy preference of Party of National Unity (PNU), to exclusion of Orange Democratic Party (ODM) are absolutely incorrect,” the VP said in a press statement.
During the interview on Sunday, Mr Odinga said his party had nothing to do with the slow pace of development.

But the VP said it was misleading for the PM to tell Kenyans that the development agenda being implemented by the government was only a PNU affair.

“The Grand Coalition Government is currently implementing a collective development programme drawn from the manifestos of ODM, ODM-K and PNU, as well as vision 2030,” he asserted in the statement.

Mr Musyoka maintained that all major policy decisions in the country’s development agenda are made by a balanced Grand Coalition Cabinet that is based on a 50:50 formula.
He said the leading participants in policy decisions and directions in the development agenda are the President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister.

“Key ministries responsible for co-ordination, prioritisation and consistency in implementation of development programme are: the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Planning, National Development and the Vision 2030, and the Ministry of Finance,” the Vice President maintained.


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