Respect me, Raila tells Kibaki

April 6, 2009 12:00 am

, MOMBASA, Kenya, Apr 6 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has onces again expressed his disappointment over the manner in which President Mwai Kibaki was running the Grand Coalition government since its formation a year ago.

Mr Odinga said the Head of State was running the coalition government single handedly without consulting him on national matters.

Spaeaking on Monday during the launch of the National Oceans and Fisheries policy at Mkomani fish landing site in Mombasa, the PM said Mr Kibaki had decided to run the goverment without consulting him and totally going against the National Accord.

Mr Odinga citied the creation of new districts which, he said, was illegal and against the Constitution.
“Kibaki has no powers to create new districts since the authority is vested in Parliament,” he said.

The PM said the creation of the districts was political and wondered why his partner in the Grand Coalition was in a hurry to create the new districts, instead of waiting for the creation of a boundaries commission.

“What will the Boundaries Commission do as (President) Kibaki has created more districts without following the law and constitution?” he wondered.

The PM said he had held private consultations with President Kibaki on the way to run affairs of the coalition but he accused the Head of State of turning a deaf ear.

He is now demanding ‘respect’ from Mr Kibaki.

“I deserve to be accorded all the government respect and protocol in my official functions,” he demanded.


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