WANANCHI ARE HURTING

Spare Kenyans the diversions, Muluka tells Jubilee

Says ruling party wrangles not a national crisis but a cover-up for poor performance.

In Summary
  • Muluka said the government should focus on fighting Covid-19, tell Kenyans when schools will reopen and assure them to seek services in public hospitals.
  • Says though Uhuru has a right to form a government of national unity, the Constitution only recognises pre-election and post-election coalitions.
ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka
ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka
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ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka has said the escalation of internal power struggles in Jubilee is diversionary and meant to cover up real problems that Kenyans face.

Muluka yesterday said the Jubilee administration should focus on challenges bedevilling the country in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, instead of treating Kenyans to "party shenanigans".

"The coronavirus has paralysed sectors across the board and the government should be addressing the economy that is in a free-fall mode with shrinking tax base, lost jobs, collapsing informal sector, closed schools and Kenyans fearing to go to hospital for treatment," he said.

Muluka said the supremacy battles in Jubilee were hurting government operations, given that it is the ruling party.

"This is affecting other government institutions like Parliament and soon it will cascade down to parastatals and even Cabinet secretaries. Jubilee should resolve their internal wrangles through internal mechanisms without allowing them into the public space,” he said at his Manyulia home in Khwisero, Kakamega.

Muluka said though President Uhuru Kenyatta has a right to form a government of national unity, the Constitution only recognises pre-election and post-election coalitions.

"I am not aware that the country is facing a unity crisis to get the legally elected government to begin a conversation to form a government of national unity, which is not provided for in the Constitution," he said.

"The nomenclature of a government of national unity is typical of crisis situations, where law and order and institutions of governance have collapsed, to restore government to order."

Muluka said the government should focus on fighting Covid-19, tell Kenyans when schools will reopen and assure them to seek services in public hospitals.

He said the ANC was watching what was happening in Jubilee with keen interest as it plays its opposition role.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi on Monday ruled out entering a coalition pact with Jubilee, saying his party is still in NASA, which has not been invalidated.

Sharing similar views, Muluka said Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), led by former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto, should pull out of NASA before joining a new coalition with Jubilee.

He said other NASA affiliates are free to withdraw from the coalition and enter new formations because it is within their right.

(Edited by F'Orieny)