NAIROBI– Kenya’s Parliament, at a joint session of the Senate and the National Assembly, has unanimously endorsed thes truce announced last Friday between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
In a joint motion tabled before the two houses, the legislators pledged to work together and ensure the success of the proposed peace programme, noting that the adage that there is no permanent enmity in politics as one which perfectly described the mood in Parliament on Wednesday.
Days after the historic handshake between the President and Odinga, Parliament welcomed what it described as a commitment to move the country forward.
The two houses pledged to support the initiative, with the co-principal of the opposition coaltion, the National Super Alliance (NASA), Moses Wetangula, appearing to allay talk of rifts within the alliance being aggravated by the pact between the President and Odinga.
Both sides of the divide, however, maintain that the agreement is not a coalition, and that NASA will continue to push for reforms which it deems necessary.
Politics of 2022, when the next general election must be held, however, did feature in the friendly debate, with the leadership of the governing Jubilee party in both houses of Parliament stressing that the agreement will in no way affect the party’s march back to the presidency in four year’s time.
Odinga’s move to embrace President Kenyatta had ignited some disquiet within NASA, with affiliate parties of the alliance accusing the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led by Odinga of attempting to renege on a pact which brought the coalition parties together to form NASA ahead of the 2017 general election.
However, after months of bitter political exchange, Wednesday saw Jubilee and NASA pledge to support what may as well be Kenya’s best chance to build bridges to a new Kenyan Nation.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK