New Details Emerge on Team to Implement Uhuru-Raila Deal

  • New details have emerged on the team that will be tasked with working with lawyers Paul Mwangi and Martin Kimani to implement the national unity and reform agenda unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House on March 9th.

    Reports indicate that Raila who proposed his longtime lawyer Mwangi to lead his side of the advisory team will on Tuesday name those will work alongside him on the project.

    He is expected to name seven individuals meaning that the team will probably have 14 to 16 members.

    An unnamed source who spoke to Nation stated that it was likely Raila would include a representative of Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and another for Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi.

    It remains unclear whether a representative of Ford-K leader Moses Wetang'ula will be included in light of his bitter fall-out with Raila and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) over his ouster in the Senate.

    [caption caption="File image of Paul Mwangi leaving Milimani Law Courts with other NASA lawyers"][/caption]

    Mwangi told the press that they were working around the clock, promising Kenyans that several activities were lined up in coming weeks to cement the agenda.

    “We are lining up a lot of activities to realise the nine-point plan because we have a broad-based agenda to fulfill. You will be seeing a lot of activities in the coming weeks. We are in the process of setting up offices. We are on this full time,” he is quoted.

    The 9 items listed in the original agreement were; ethnic antagonism and competition, lack of national ethos, inclusivity, devolution, divisive elections, safety and security, corruption, shared prosperity and responsibilities and rights.

    Speaking at a funeral in Siaya, Raila stated: “We want to come up with a solution that will answer our needs. We don’t want to have another election that will divide us."

    President Kenyatta is expected to clearly outline details of the deal during his State of the Nation address in Parliament on May 2nd.

    [caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta giving a past SoTN address"][/caption]