The National Dialogue Committee has announced their agreement to establish the offices of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and the Opposition Leader following a series of meetings.
For months, the two major political coalitions, Kenya Kwanza led by National Assembly leader Kimani Ichung’wah and his Azimio counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka, have been engaged in negotiations to foster national unity and reduce political polarization in the country. The outcome of these talks was the creation of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Opposition Leader positions.
The Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary is in effect in the current government and the main aim of the Office of the Opposition Leader is to promote political stability, enhance inclusivity, and boost opposition’s oversight role.
The committee, however, did not agree on some issues including the cost of living, restructuring and reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), audit of the 2022 elections, and inclusivity in public appointments among others.
As the two camps seek to move forward, some fear that it may result in a handshake, which Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has been against.
In a recent event, Rigathi warned that Mt Kenya will rebel against any proposal that may recommend a handshake government with ODM leader Raila Odinga.
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