MPs’ dialogue team reaches out to Uhuru, Raila

July 3, 2014 3:44 pm
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Musyimi who is the interim chairman of the caucus said the members were set to meet again later on Thursday to report on progress/FILE
Musyimi who is the interim chairman of the caucus said the members were set to meet again later on Thursday to report on progress/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya July 3 – The Inter-Party Political Caucus of National Political Harmony led by Mbeere South MP Mutava Musyimi says it has dispatched emissaries to reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga with the aim of brokering national dialogue.

Musyimi who is the interim chairman of the caucus said the members were set to meet again later on Thursday to report on progress.

“The caucus has resolved to immediately engage the main political actors from both sides of the political divide with a view to pacifying the country so that ordinary citizens can get on with their lives without unnecessary interference,” Musyimi told a news conference at Parliament Buildings.

By the time of publishing this article it was not clear whether Musyimi and his vice-chairman Wilbur Otichillo had secured a meeting with the former Prime Minister at his private office in Upperhill, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta on the other hand left the country for an official visit to Rwanda early on Thursday afternoon.

A meeting that had been scheduled to place at Parliament Buildings from 4pm was pushed back to give members an avenue to achieve their goal for the first day.

The Mbeere South MP said he was not overly worried by the cold reception the initiative has received from the Jubilee and CORD coalitions, and further played down claims that initiative is not mooted or pushed by State House.

“I watched a lady in Naivasha on one of the TV channels last night and I thought she shared the fears of many people and she was saying when the leaders disagree up there it is us who suffer. You can tell she’s not just talking caucuses or Parliamentary Group (PG) meetings, she is talking realities, and that is the reality of many; so we have the capacity to act with or without the permission from PGs,” he said.

Musyimi has further called for restraint and the toning down of political utterances in the lead up to Monday’s Saba Saba rallies including that called by the opposition to press for national dialogue on security, alleged corruption, the cost of living, government appointments and the reconstitution of the electoral commission.

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