, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – The Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD) plans to put together a non-partisan seven member task force drawn from across the board to mediate the current political stalemate in Kenya after Opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed to have himself sworn-in on December 12, which they say has divided the country into tiny fragments.
Speaking to the media after holding a closed-door meeting with political party representatives that form CMD, Chairman Omingo Magara affirmed that Kenya’s political stalemate can only be solved from a non-partisan approach for lasting peace to be found in Kenya.
“We have a problem that must be solved politically,” he pointed out acknowledging the current push and pull going on in the political landscape.
The committee which he said will be in place in the next two weeks will among others give recommendations to strengthen institutions as a sure bet to avoid cases of political conflicts every election cycle.
“The only way to solve this current problem and avert a similar situation in the future is to strengthen our institutions,” he said.
“Let’s not wait until the next election cycle to start running around.”
While he emphasised on the need to adhere strictly to the rule of law even as the political stalemate is being addressed, he urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to stretch an olive hand and reach out to their opponents.
“Those who won the elections, in whatever form they are, embrace dialogue and build a solid Kenya,” he said.
He also encouraged President Kenyatta to build an inclusive government, saying it’s one of the surest ways to heal the country noting that through appointments, the president can heal the challenges of inequality.
“Have an inclusive government that can heal the country,” he told President Kenyatta adding that “it will solve the challenge of inequality that’s the root of all political problems we face in Kenya.”
Magara who did not give a direct answer, however, downplayed the effects of the swearing-in ceremony of Odinga when asked by a journalist what it means for the country.
“We cannot pre-empt the debate. Let’s wait and see,” he said.