ODM and PNU to hold historic joint meeting
Published on March 4, 2008, 12:00 am
By Peter Atsiaya and Willis Oketch
ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, has said PNU and ODM will soon hold a joint Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting to harmonise party policies.
He said the harmonisation of the policies would help them come up with a common programme to develop the country.
Raila was addressing the Press at Moi International Airport in Mombasa after spending the weekend in the South Coast.
He said ODM and PNU would first hold separate PG meetings before Thursday to identify the areas they could harmonise before the joint meeting.
“We will have separate parliamentary group meetings and after that we will have a joint parliamentary group meeting to come up with a common programme to develop the country,” said Raila.
Meanwhile, ten MPs have proposed that the presidential speech delivered during the State opening of Parliament on Thursday be discussed for one day only.
Under normal circumstances, MPs debate the speech for seven consecutive days.
The MPs said the discussion time should be limited so they could focus on last week’s agreement between President Kibaki and Raila. “We expect Kibaki’s speech to be unifying to set the tempo for us to embark on enacting the changes required in the deal,” said Kisumu Town West MP, Mr Olago Aluoch.
Other legislators who shared his sentiments included ODM’s Mr Nicholas Gumbo, Mr Yussuf Chanzu, Dr Paul Otwoma, Mr George Khaniri and Mr Omingo Magara.
Others were Mr Soita Shitanda, Dr Bonny Khalwale, PNU’s Mr Eugene Wamalwa and Kaddu’s Mr Cyrus Jirongo.