MUDAVADI ASKS UHURU FOR CABINET POSITION

DEPUTY Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has called a meeting of his MPS and senators to brief them of his deal with President Elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Saturday, Mudavadi entered into a post-election deal with President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and promised to work with the President-elect.

It was not immediately clear what sort of deal the two entered but sources familiar with it told the Star yesterday that Mudavadi and his UDF party may get a cabinet position and a few government appointments.

“We signed a post-election agreement with nine other political parties including UDF of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi. Ours will be an inclusive Government that will serve all Kenyans regardless of tribe, political affiliation, creed or colour. Thank you for joining us and let us work together to secure Kenya’s prosperity,” said Uhuru on his Facebook page.

Yesterday UDF Secretary General Dan Ameyo, issued a sentence statement clarifying that no deal was signed between UDF and the Jubilee coalition.

“UDF Party wishes to clarify that it has not signed a post or any other agreement with the Jubilee as inaccurately alleged by a section of the press,” said Ameyo.

Mudavadi had been offered a slot in the Jubilee Cabinet which is being set up in case the Supreme Court upholds the Uhuru’s win following a petition filed by his main contender Raila Odinga.

Sources have however claimed that Mudavadi has decided to front former Minister Mukhisa Kituyi to take up the one Cabinet slot that Jubilee is offering his side.

The Jubilee alliance is set to use its numbers in the Senate and the National Assembly to push its agenda as lobbying for Parliamentary positions intensifies ahead of the swearing in ceremony when the two houses convene for business later this month.

Procedurally, the first business when the two houses convene will be the swearing in ceremony of all the MPs. The ceremony will be presided over by the respective clerks, a departure from the past, when the Speaker oversaw the ceremony in the National Assembly.

The MPs will then elect the Speaker who will oversee the election of his deputy. The Senate, adopted in the new constitution is expected to follow the tradition of the National Assembly in conducting its business.

Of the 349 MPs in the National Assembly including the 12 nomination slots, Jubilee has 158 MPs. The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has 145. In the Senate Jubilee has 23 compared to Cord’s 20 out of the total 67 members. The small parties share the balance.

Former Turkana Central MP Ekwe Ethuro who failed in his bid for the Turkana County Senate is the Jubilee front runner for the Senate Speaker position. Cord’s Tana river Senate- elect Bula Mohammed has set eyes for deputy speaker position.

The contest for Leader of Majority in the Senate within the Jubilee has attracted Energy Minister and Meru County Senator- elect Kiraitu Murungi, Tharaka Nithi County Senator- elect Kithure Kindiki and their Nyeri Counterpart Mutahi Kagwe.

Kiraitu, a seasoned politician has represented Imenti South constituency uninterrupted since 1992 when the first multi party polls were held.

Kindiki a law scholar at the University of Nairobi, came to the limelight when he was plucked from the lecture halls to become the Justice Secretary at the advent of the grand- coalition government in 2007.

He is one of the lawyers representing deputy President– elect William Ruto’s crimes against humanity case at the Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC).

Source:the-star.co.ke

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