Mudavadi urges patience over Cabinet
Published on March 4, 2008, 12:00 am
By Peter Atsiaya
ODM deputy leader, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, has allayed fears that appointments to the Cabinet could divide the party.
Mudavadi asked supporters not to focus on who gets which position, but to think of governance structures that would ensure equality in the distribution of the national cake.
Speaking in Kisumu on Sunday, Mudavadi said ODM MPs would remain united.
“ODM’s agenda is not to dish out Cabinet slots. We have not reached the end of the journey. What we have achieved is only the means to an end,” said the former vice-president.
He said the party would consult before making the appointments, noting that there were not enough seats for all leaders since PNU would also have its share.
“We are aware that some of our supporters have started forming their own Cabinet. They have decided who to take which position. I urge them to be patient until Parliament legalises the proposed structures,” he added.
The Sabatia MP said ODM had structures that would determine the appointments.
“During campaigns we drew a structure on how to distribute the Government positions. It has not changed and will be followed to the letter,” he said.
Mudavadi urged for calm, saying the party would do the best to ensure fairness.
He asked leaders to focus on the National Accord and Reconciliation Bill and constitutional amendments, which would have to be passed to pave way for a grand coalition.
“Let’s cross the hurdle of passing the crucial Bills in Parliament first then sharing of the slots can come later,” he said.
The MP welcomed declaration by some ministers that they were ready to work with their ODM counterparts.
He said reconstruction needed support from all leaders.
Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Ms Martha Karua, and her Energy colleague, Mr Kiraitu Murungi, have declared they would work with ODM in the coalition government.