National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung'wah, has commended Azimio La Umoja-One Kenay coalition party leader Raila Odinga for endorsing some recommendations put forth by the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO).
In a statement posted on his X account, Ichung'wah welcomed Odinga's support for the report noting that the move is a great beginning in peacekeeping and constructive political discourse in the nation.
The majority leader also noted that diverse ideologies should come together in shared pursuit of the greater good.
"Baba, @RailaOdinga, every good journey has a good start. As we said, '...political contestations should never be a catalyst for animosity or hatred, instead, they should serve as avenues for constructive dialogue, where differing ideologies converge in pursuit of the greater good," Ichung'wah stated.
Baba,@RailaOdinga every good journey has a good start. As we said,”..political contestations should never be a catalyst for animosity or hatred. Instead,they should serve as avenues for constructive dialogue, where differing ideologies converge
in pursuit of the greater good.” pic.twitter.com/JBlowxmPJ5— Kimani Ichung’wah (@KIMANIICHUNGWAH) November 29, 2023
This comes hot on the heels of Raila endorsing recommendations from the report despite describing it as imperfect and unfinished'
Raila on NADCO report
In a statement on Wednesday, November 29, Raila expressed concerns about the report, noting its lack of concrete proposals to address the high cost of living.
He blamed the Kenya Kwanza government, accusing them of reluctance to tackle the issue.
"The document the team has come up with is, ultimately, imperfect and unfinished. But it is a beginning. We have agreed to disagree on the most important matter to us. 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.
According to Raila, the document produced by the team is far from perfect and remains unfinished, yet he sees it as a starting point.
Despite disagreements, he highlighted their attempts to present reasonable solutions for reducing the cost of living.
However, the government side rejected these proposals, asserting that it falls under their exclusive jurisdiction, as they have the mandate from Kenyans to execute the Kenya Kwanza economic agenda.
Raila noted that despite the imperfect nature of the report, they will continue engaging with the public in the coming weeks noting that the burden of the rising cost of living is becoming increasingly unbearable for many citizens.
"We will be engaging Kenyans further in the coming weeks as we must because the pain of the cost of living is really unbearable."
However, Raila praised NADCO for its recommendations regarding electoral justice. These recommendations include conducting an audit of the 2022 election process, restructuring and reconstituting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and extending the timeline for the Supreme Court to hear and determine a presidential election petition from 14 to 21 days.