, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 21 – The two Majority Leaders in the Senate and the National Assembly, Kithure Kindiki and Aden Duale have called on CORD leader Raila Odinga to stop demanding national dialogue with the government, terming it unconstitutional.
Responding to Odinga’s Friday open letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the two leaders insist that the issues he wants discussed can be addressed through existing legal frameworks.
“We urge him to let his coalition do its bit within constitutionally laid down structures and to enjoy his break from political leadership,” the two said in a joint statement.
They say the government is in charge, and is moving consciously and steadily to deliver the transformation it promised Kenyans.
Duale and Kindiki also claim the former premier’s continued public push for the dialogue may bring unnecessary tension among Kenyans and is only for his political gains.
“The structured dialogue he demands is a fabrication as absurd as it is unnecessary: there are plenty of working structures. He simply wants the structures to be customised to suit his political needs. He wants to be at the centre of national discourse without the people’s permission,” they charged.
They say the government is ready to listen to any Kenyan with ideas on how to better the country, but not in a manner in which the Odinga is demanding.
“Mr Odinga has never had difficulty engaging government at the highest level when there was need. During the Westgate outrage for example he was able, together with his partners, to communicate with the President with the greatest of ease,” they recalled.
However, the former premier has maintained that he is not in any way interested in interfering with the Jubilee tenure, but only exercising its constitutional mandate of oversight.
Odinga also reiterated that his planned rallies ahead of Saba Saba are peaceful and only aimed at highlighting what he describes as genuine concerns on issues affecting Kenyans.
“There are obvious signs that if we do not confront these problems and challenges now through a structured process of national dialogue then the road to peace will be thorny and difficult,” Odinga said in the letter.
The former premier also assured the President that he holds no grudge against the Jubilee administration and that he will continue fighting for the rights of Kenyans.
Some of the issues CORD leader wants addressed is insecurity, overhaul of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioners and corruption cases.