- Raila Odinga called for the formation of an interim government for six months
- Jubilee MPs dismissed Raila’s demands calling them unconstitutional
National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga called for the formation of an interim government for six months if and when he dialogues with President Uhuru Kenyatta to save Kenya from the political crisis at the moment during his interview with Reuters.
Raila Odinga said that even if Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in, it will be the beginning of another political impasse even after the Supreme Court of Kenya clears him.
“We need to have an interim arrangement of governance involving representatives of both parties and six months will be required to carry out all these changes that we need in our country in order to have proper free and fair election,” said the Opposition leader.
However, Jubilee Member of Parliament (MPs), Majority leader of national Assembly, Aden Duale, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nominated MP Gideon Keter dismissed Raila’s demands calling them unconstitutional. This is what each one of them had to say;
Aden Duale: “The Constitution does not anticipate an interim government; it only anticipates three elections - a general election, repeat election and by-election. As far as we are concerned the next election will be held on August 9, 2022. The only agenda Jubilee can discuss with Raila is his retirement package. The Legislature is in place and so is the Judiciary. If the Supreme Court affirms President Uhuru Kenyattta’s victory, then the Executive will be constituted immediately to make the Government complete.
Kipchumba Murkomen: He has now created a crisis in his head. This confirms what we have been saying all along, that he wanted a ‘nusu mkate’ government. But we want to make it clear that we will not discuss anything with him that is unconstitutional.
Gideon Keter: We state categorically and without fear of contradiction that we are strongly opposed to any calls for negotiations outside the Constitution. The only legitimate dialogue that can be held about the formation of Government in this country is with Kenyans themselves.
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