What will PNU do now? Face the electorate early or accept ODM’s demand as equal partner to be accorded respect for the remaining period before next year’s general elections?
Many observers do not think the MPs now want to have their salaries stopped for the sake of a quick election, one that many of them know will lock them out of the next parliament. We think they will be more interested to continue quarreling until the 2012 elections as they continue to pick the huge salaries that they get.
Raila has got them (PNU) in a corner this time. There will be no PNU leader or MP who will accept to face the electorate now. Raila must have calculated this very well.
The Kenya Daily Nation online reports today that “Mr Orengo said the new constitution would only work as expected if Mr Odinga becomes Kenya’s president.”
This is most likely to cause another rift with PNU group who will think ODM party is dictating what should happen during the process of the implementation of the new constitution.
According to the Nation Online, “Mr Midiwo said ODM was not ready to lose the political battle if PNU reneges on the process of constitution-making.” Mr Midiwo is ODM chief Whip in Parliament. He has now stated ODM’s wish to go for early elections saying, ““We will come back to the people if the PNU wing of the coalition government proves to be difficult to accept our equal demand,” warned the ODM chief Whip.”
This follows Mr Raila Odinga’s comments this weekend during a funeral in Ugenya Constituency where the PM told the mourners that ODM was ready to go for snap elections now instead of compromise with PNU on the way forward.
The problem that is proving to be difficult for the leaders to solve is the removal of ODM’s man Mr Namwamba as Chairman of Legal Affairs Committee. The majority of the eleven member committee removed him Thursday saying they no longer had confidence in him. Instead of Namwamba and ODM accepting the removal, the party now wants to retain him or else, snap elections.
A few months ago, the two parties were also locked in a wrangle when President Kibaki appointed a new Chief Justice and other two. The Prime Minister said the President did not consult him and there they were in a wrangle that forced the President to withdraw the nominees.
When the disagreement at the time was boiling high, Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta got very angered and told a press conference that he would no longer sit and keep quiet. He angrily asked reporters; “Does it mean that this country cannot do anything unless Raila said so….
This time around, Uhuru may come out again to defend the PNU, now that the PM Raila Odinga has said no and if PNU does not accept then Raila says there must be elections soon. This will not be easy for those who felt he embarrassed the President during the nomination of The Chief Justice, to keep quiet.
According to Raila, he says he just wants his share of the cake as equal partner in the coalition. His intention is not to derail the implementation but fears that those who opposed the new constitution may be out to stop the implementation process.
However, the more the wrangling, time will be wasted and implementation delay might derail the process.
By Chief Editor Korir