Musalia Mudavadi, the leader of the ministers, has taken a bold stance by urging former President Uhuru Kenyatta to throw his weight behind the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee (NADCO) report.
This call comes at a time when tensions persist between the government and the opposition regarding the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the report.
Mudavadi did not mince words as he criticized Kenyatta, accusing him of being a stumbling block to the report’s execution through his political party, Jubilee.
There have been allegations that Kenyatta has been persuading opposition leaders to oppose the NADCO report.
Notable figures such as former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Martha Karua, the leader of Narc Kenya, have already come forward to express their reservations about the NADCO report.
They argue that the report inadequately addresses the contentious issue of reducing the cost of living for Kenyans.
NADCO proposes the creation of the Office of the Official Opposition Leader and the formalization of the position of the Leader of Ministers in the Constitution. The report aims to foster unity and dialogue in a politically charged environment.
“Why is Uhuru Kenyatta and his associates reluctant to respect and support what NADCO has agreed upon? What game is being played here?” questioned Mudavadi.
Mudavadi himself endorsed the NADCO report, advocating for its implementation as a contribution to peace and development in the country. He criticized the opposition for their inconsistency in addressing the outcomes of the talks, especially considering their initial call for dialogue to address post-2022 election issues.
“They called for talks to quell protests and there have been reports on the issues they raised. Why are they now backtracking instead of supporting the intention of bringing people together?” Mudavadi rhetorically asked during an event at Mukuyuni Primary School in Makueni County.
The former Deputy Prime Minister was accompanied by Felix Koskei, the Head of the Public Service, and ministers Moses Kuria (Public Service) and Peninnah Malonza (East African Community), among other leaders who urged the Kamba community to support Deputy President William Ruto’s administration.
Mudavadi acknowledged the importance of respecting the agreements reached in the dialogue report and encouraged all Kenyans, including leaders from Ukambani, to honor the outcomes of the discussions.
The event, also attended by governors Hillary Barchok (Bomet), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi), and Kitui County Assembly Speaker Kinengo Katisya, was led by Bishop Paul Kariuki, the head of the Catholic Diocese of Makueni. Teresia Mbaika, now appointed as the Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution, expressed her gratitude for the support received during the ceremony, emphasizing that the contributions would be used to build part of the Makuyuni Catholic Church.
Mudavadi praised the appointment of Mbaika, stating that it demonstrated the president’s respect for women. The celebration marked a moment of unity and collaboration among leaders, irrespective of their political affiliations.