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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
2 | National News Disband election team, says Raila CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to pursue when Parliament re-opens today. He was setting the agenda for the Opposition coalition when its leaders met at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. MPs and senators from the ruling Jubilee Coalition were holding a similar meeting at State House, Nairobi. “We must, in this ses- We must initiate the process of forming a credible commission trusted by all Kenyans” ODM leader Raila Odinga sion, initiate the process of forming a new and credible Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission that can be truly trusted by all Kenyans regardless of political affiliations. That process must begin in our Parliament, with the support of all our members,” he said. Cord has 129 members of the National Assembly while Jubilee has 216. There are four independent members. During the March 4, 2013 election, Mr Odinga lost the presidential election to Mr Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee. He got 5.3 million votes — accounting for 43.7 per cent of the votes — against Mr Kenyatta’s 6.1 million votes (which translated to 50.51 per cent of the votes cast). Mr Odinga later filed a petition in the Supreme Court which he lost when the six judges upheld President Kenyatta’s victory in a unanimous decision. Mr Odinga has in the past accused IEBC of rigging him out, an allegation that the commission has denied. In the most recent exchange last month, Mr Odinga claimed that the commission had worked with the military to deny him victory. In its reply, the commission asked Mr Odinga to either substantiate his claims or withdraw them and apologise. At the weekend, he said he would not apologise because the remarks he made had been misinterpreted. In his renewed push to have the IEBC replaced, Mr Odinga and Cord MPs will have to contend with Jubilee Coalition majority in both Houses of Parliament giving the ruling coalition’s superiority of numbers. During their meeting in State House yesterday, the Jubilee legislators agreed to keep the Opposition in check. Those at the closed-door meeting at State House said that President Kenyatta asked the MPs and senators to work together and push through the agenda of the government. Said Starehe MP Maina Kamanda who attended the meeting: “We discussed how we are going to work together as the Jubilee team and fast-track crucial Bills and how to counter any DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 POLITICS| Cord leader sets agenda for opposition coalition ahead of Parliament’s re-opening as Jubilee focus on key Bills MORE INFO Steps to disband polls team To kick out a member of the IEBC, the public is required to present a petition in the National Assembly setting out the grounds for the petition. The National Assembly will then debate the petition and if it passes, it shall be sent to the President who will appoint a tribunal to investigate the issues raised and make recommendations for the President. The IEBC was established as part of the Agenda Four reforms which were enacted to streamline institutions after the 2007/8 post election violence. It succeeded the Electoral Commission of Kenya, then led by Mr Samuel Kivuitu. The Kivuitu team was disbanded after it was accused of bungling the 2007 election. moves by the opposition. The President and the Deputy President were clear on that issue.” The meeting brought together The National Alliance (TNA) and United Republican Party (URP) MPs and senators. Majority Leader in Par- SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura addresses a presss conference together with Cord leaders Raila Odinga (second right) and Kalonzo Musyoka among others at Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha yesterday. The legislators vowed to defend devolution. liament Aden Duale said President Kenyatta had asked the Jubilee team to push through the Uwezo Fund regulations by next week to ensure women and the youth benefit from the Sh6 billion fund. Besides IEBC, Mr Od- inga also urged Cord MPs to check emerging corruption in government which he said was to blame for the rising cost of living. “We must stand up to the government on the emerging corruption. Reining in corruption, inefficiency and wastage should be sufficient to finance recovery and reduce the cost of living,” he said. Mr Odinga also asked the coalition’s MPs and senators to demand a commission of inquiry into the high number of poaching cases. 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The Bill was sponsored by Nandi Senator Stephen Sang and has been the cause of acrimony between senators and governors. The proposed law creates the County Development Board, which would have a senator as chairman and the governor as secretary, with other members being elected and nominated MPs, nominated senators from the county and the woman county MPs among other members. Yesterday, Minority Leader Francis Nyenze said Cord was yet to take a formal position on the Bill but MPs were warming up to the idea. “They want to set up those county boards,” he said. Budget and Appropria- tions Committee chairman, the Rev Mutava Musyimi, yesterday said that the first agenda of the National Assembly would be the Supplementary Budget Estimates. TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja said the Jubilee Coalition was keen to have the eight Bills that have a constitutional deadline brought early enough to avoid the rush towards August 27. —Reports by Bernard Namunane, John Ngirachu and James Kariuki UPDATES SMS ‘NEWS UPDATES’ to 20667 NEW 20667 S Shock as man buried with all his belongings R E T A I L Mobile bulk filing system BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Shock engulfed a village in Kilifi County yesterday after an 86-year-old man left instructions that he be buried in his house with all his belongings. The family was forced to carry out Mzee Karisa Thoya Matembe’s instructions to “avoid a curse”. The burial was conducted in ‘total silence’ as the man had instructed that there should be no wailing during the ceremony at Vichakani village in Kaloleni constituency. As youths conducted the bizarre ceremony, the elders and mourners watched from a distance. Speaking at the ceremony, Mzee Matembe’s elder daughter, Sidi Karisa, told mourners her father had instructed them to fulfil his wishes and anyone who went contrary to his demands would face ‘‘unspecified’’ calamities and curses. “He instructed us to bury him in the house, no crying and no elaborate Mijikenda traditional rituals. We had to fulfil his wishes because he threatened that whoever tries to bury him outside his house will see fire,” she said. Ms Karisa said they had a cordial relationship with the father of 14 children although he stayed in a separate house from his two wives. Lived alone “Initially, they lived in one house with my dad but then there was a misunderstanding and every woman had to move to her own house and my dad never asked them to return to the main house. Can you ask your dad why he is sleeping alone?” posed Ms Karisa. The old man would also cook his own food. Mrs Kanze Ngala Karisa, the first wife, said they tried talking him out of the decision but he stood his ground. “We respected his decision and we remained friends. I used to greet him every day because he was my husband and father of my children,” she said.
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