Karua rejects Ruto-Raila dialogue committee report

She said the report is troubling, problematic and unacceptable

In Summary
  • The Narc Kenya party leader said she will issue a detailed statement next week.
  • Earlier, Karua has said she would reject the report if it did not address the high cost of living.
Narc leader Martha Karua.
Narc leader Martha Karua.
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Azimio co-principal Martha Karua has rejected the report of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) released on November 25.

Karua said the report of the committee that was chaired by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah was unacceptable.

“I find the NADCO report troubling, problematic and unacceptable. A more detailed statement loading in the coming week,” Karua said on X.

A week earlier, just before the report was released, Karua said she would reject the report if it did not address the high cost of living.

She also said the report must address electoral justice and interference with the independence of political parties.

“Any purported agreement that does not immediately impact on the cost of living, electoral justice and respect for multiparty democracy is a fraud on the people and must be rejected,” she stated.

On Wednesday, Azimio leader Raila Odinga said the report was "imperfect and unfinished", but " a good start".

He expressed reservations about the report for failing to propose tangible ways to reduce the cost of living.

“We made what believed were reasonable proposals on how to address the rising cost of living. But the government side flatly refused terming it their exclusive business and further arguing that they got the mandate of Kenyans to execute their Kenya Kwanza economic agenda," Raila stated.

The committee recommended an increase of timelines within which the Supreme Court shall hear and determine a petition challenging the validity of a presidential election from 14 to 21 days.

They also agreed on restructuring and reconstitution of the IEBC and creation of the post of Official Opposition leader with two deputies and the entrenching of the Prime Cabinet Secretary’s office into law.

The committee also agreed on the transfer of all devolved functions and the requisite resources to the county governments.

NADCO has also proposed an amendment to the Constitution to provide for the equitable share to the County Governments to not less than 20 per cent of all revenue collected by the National Government from the current 15 per cent and the establishment of the Ward Development Fund.

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