MPs vow to solve national dialogue standoff

By George Kithuka

Caucus interim chair  Musyimi says parliament must ensure antagonists in the debate are brought together

The Inter-party parliamentary caucus that seeks to spearhead national dialogue in the wake of political stand-off between the government and the opposition says it will press on with its efforts to bring the two sides together despite a snub by a section of political leaders. 

Caucus interim chair Mutava Musyimi says parliament must play its role in ensuring that antagonists in the debate are brought together so as to thaw mounting tensions across the country.

The impasse on national dialogue is a situation that the interparty parliamentary caucus says needs redress to cushion the country from possible chaos resulting from rising tensions.

Speaking at parliament buildings, Musyimi said the group is moving with speed to reach out to President Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga with the sole aim of ensuring a truce between the two leaders.

Mutava says declaration by lieutenants of both CORD and Jubilee that they would not be party to its endeavor will not deter them saying they have a role to ensure the country does not descend into anarchy.

The caucus that brings together members of parliament and the senate will function along the lines of the Inter-party Parliament Group which negotiated important constitutional reforms prior to the 1997 election.