MPs demand executive premier
Published on February 23, 2008, 12:00 am
By Peter Opiyo
ODM MPs have told their colleagues at the Annan-led talks to accept nothing short of an executive Prime Minister.
The MPs emerged out of a Parliamentary Group meeting, on Friday and pressured the negotiating team to go for a Prime Minister with executive powers.
The more than 35 MPs, however, said they were unsure of their team’s position, but asked them to push for an executive premiership in the deal with PNU.
“We don’t know what is on the table but we are stating what should be on the table,” secretary-general, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o said.
Addressing journalists at Parliament Buildings on Friday the MPs said power sharing was inevitable for national reconciliation.
In a statement read by Budalang’i MP, Mr Ababu Namwamba, the party resolved that the power sharing arrangement should be in line with the Bomas Draft constitution.
|AU Commissioner, Mr Jean Ping, meets ODM Pentagon members Mr Najib Balala (left) and Mr Joseph Nyagah (right) when he called on them at the Pentagon House, Nairobi, on Friday . Picture: Dominic Odhiambo|
Said Namwamba: “The irreducible minimum is the executive premiership as provided in the Bomas Draft, and there must be a clear separation of State and Government.”
The statement came on a day the mediation team, was making crucial steps on the role of the Prime Minister in the envisaged coalition.
The team has agreed in principle on the creation of the post, but they are yet to agree on the roles.
PNU prefers a Prime Minister without executive powers like in Tanzania, while ODM is fronting for a powerful premier.
The ODM MPs also expressed concerns at the slow pace of the talks, saying there was an urgent need to restore peace.
They also urged party supporters to heed their call for civil disobedience if no tangible outcome was realised out of the talks by Wednesday, next week.
Mbita MP, Mr Otieno Kajwang’ clarified that it would mean absconding from work and interfering with the flow of traffic, among others.
He said it would be a show that the negotiators are insensitive to the needs of Kenyans.
Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr William Ruto, Mr James Orengo and Dr Sally Kosgei represent ODM. PNU has Prof Sam Ongeri, Mr Mutula Kilonzo, Mr Moses Wetangula and Ms Martha Karua, in the talks.