, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – The Jubilee alliance and the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) on Wednesday held separate strategy meetings ahead of the first sessions of Parliament and the Senate scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The meetings were meant to agree on candidates to be supported for the key posts of the Senate and National Assembly Speakers.
President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta led his Jubilee colleagues to a meeting in Naivasha while CORD kicked off their meeting at the Co-operative Centre in Karen later on Wednesday afternoon.
Jubilee is understood to have backed former Member of Parliament Justin Muturi for the National Assembly Speaker’s position while CORD was backing incumbent Kenneth Marende to retain his seat.
Jubilee initially had three candidates for the Senate Speaker’s seat, including former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo, ex-Cabinet Minister Samuel Poghisio and former MP Ekwe Ethuro.
Sources however indicated that Kaparo and Poghisio had stepped down for Ethuro, whom members thought was more suited to the implementation of a devolved government.
Former MP Farah Maalim and Cabinet Minister Margaret Kamar were also being fronted for the Senate Speaker’s post by CORD.
Speaking at the Jubilee retreat, President-elect Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto urged elected leaders to always work together for the sake of the country’s unity and development.
Kenyatta told the leaders to put aside their personal interests and serve Kenyans.
“Let us take politics to another level. A level where we become true servants of the people and that our desire is not how popular I will be for being confrontational. Let’s look for ways people will benefit and not dwell on antics of who got the headlines yesterday because surely Kenyans are not going to eat the headlines,” Kenyatta advised.
His sentiments were echoed by his Deputy Ruto who said it was only through team work that Jubilee would fulfil its election pledges.
“We will now consider ourselves as members of one great Jubilee family. I really want to persuade us that going forward having agreed to work together we will want to work with you in the Senate and Parliament and ensure government agenda is,” Ruto added.
Both parties are expected to carry on with their meetings overnight before heading to Parliament on Thursday morning for swearing in and election of the Speakers.