Divisions in CORD as Saba Saba deadline for dialogue nears
By Samson Kitavi
With barely a week before the lapse of the ultimatum by the opposition to have the government hold a national dialogue, antagonists in the debate appears to have engaged high gear as they seek to sell their ideologies to the public.
While proponents of the national dialogue warn that the government should convene the session before the seventh of July, those allied to the jubilee alliance maintain that the same should be channeled through parliament.
The charm offensive coming even as cracks within the opposition emerged with Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba cautioning over calls for mass action.
The opposition over the weekend insisted that the July 7th deadline for the talks will change the course of the country’s politics, a clamor that the Jubilee coalition views with suspicion.
During the burial of former Chief of General Staff, General Jackson Kimeu Mulinge in his Kathiani home Machakos County, opinion was divided over the proposed talks, with leaders led by retired President Daniel Moi arguing that there are constitutionally recognized avenues for such talks.
Cord leaders led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who attended the burial reiterated their call for a national dialogue. Former vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said both the Government and the opposition need to sit and talk to find solutions to the myriad of challenges the country is facing
However Moi differed with the CORD officials saying that during his tenure he acceded to multiparty democracy for the sake of peace and therefore the opposition needs to use Parliament in dealing with issues instead of engaging in unnecessary wrangles.
“Instead of politicizing issues, leaders should give the President space to execute his Constitutional mandate and implement the Government’s development agenda. Democracy demands that after elections those who lose wait to try their luck next time instead of harbouring hatred and planting the seed of disunity among the people,” Moi said.
However, as the clamor for the talks by the opposition enters its penultimate stage, the unity of purpose within the opposition it appears remains its biggest test yet.