Kenya coalition will hold, says VP

April 8, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka maintained on Wednesday that the coalition government would not collapse despite the latest wave of resignations and wrangles among coalition partners.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of Party of National Unity affiliates, the VPsaid the disputes between the coalition partners were usual.

“The coalitions are very difficult to manage everywhere in the world, we have no choice but to work together. Let us think positively, there are no more resignations,” he said.

Mr Musyoka acknowledged that the resignations by Martha Karua and Danson Mungatana had dented the party. “We are not happy about it, but work must go on. There is no crisis.” 

He also defended PNU, saying the party would push forward with the reform agenda.

“We are going to be faster than anybody thinks in terms of reforms. There can be political posturing; you have to isolate posturing from reality, the reality is that we are committed to the letter and spirit of Agenda Four,” he said.

The Vice President said PNU’s coordinating committee would work on Agenda Four of the mediation talks.

To further support the reforms, PNU announced that it would hold countrywide rallies to sensitise the public on the reform agenda.

Coalition partners on Tuesday held separate meetings following a fresh crisis between the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and PNU.

The meetings also came after Justice Minister Martha Karua resigned accusing the government of failing to fight corruption and implement reforms.

ODM has maintained it had no plans of quitting the government but promised to unspecified means to push for reforms.


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