Cord leader Raila Odinga yesterday maintained the State House talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto agreed for a formation of a 10-member dialogue team to end the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stalemate.
Raila claims that him and Uhuru, agreed to have a team for national dialogue when they met on Tuesday at State House Nairobi, amid reports from Jubilee leaders that no such deal was struck.
Speaking in Kisumu yesterday during the interdenominational prayer rally for the victims who were shot dead during the anti-IEBC protest in Siaya and Kisumu counties, Raila told Uhuru and Ruto to stick to the State House talks and name their negotiators.
“Stop being dishonest and tell Kenyans what we discussed with you at State House during our meeting,” said Raila.
Cord named Siaya Senator James Orengo to lead their side in talks with the Jubilee team over the fate of IEBC commissioners. Johnstone Muthama (senator, Machakos), Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren MP), Mishi Mboko (Mombasa Women’s Rep) and Junet Mohammed (Suna East) will also be part of the five-man team. However, last evening, the director of State House Public Communications Munyori Buku said there was no deal struck between the Cord leaders and President Uhuru and his deputy when they visited State House. In a statement to newsrooms last evening, Buku said the two sides neither discussed any matter pertaining to IEBC nor electoral reforms.
“There is no falsehood greater than this. The President and DP have been categorical that they swore to defend and protect the Constitution, and on the IEBC issue, that position cannot change,” Buku said.
Earlier, Cord had named Balambala MP Abdikadir Mohammed in the list of five and later dropped him replacing him with Junet after senior coalition leaders raised issues with Abdikadir’s loyalty.
According to the Opposition, the Jubilee side is supposed to equally name a team of five and the two sides to start the talks today.
But Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale rubbished the Cord team, insisting that Jubilee would not enter into any talks outside Parliament.