US, UK envoys lauds agreement on motion to break IEBC stalemate

The United States and United Kingdom envoys to Kenya have welcomed the agreement between Jubilee and the Cord Coalitions to table a motion in Parliament to resolve the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) impasse.

In a press statement to newsrooms, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey and his US counterpart Robert Godec have expressed their faith in the motion to establish a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on matters relating to the IEBC.

“We welcome yesterday’s agreement between Jubilee and the Cord coalition on the motion to establish a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on matters relating to the IEBC,” read part of the statement.

The two envoys says the Kenyan public’s confidence in the electoral institutions and process is key in ensuring free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections next year.

“Kenyan public confidence in the electoral institutions and process is essential for free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections in August 2017,” they noted.

The motion for the formation of the joint committee is expected to be tabled in the House today afternoon after more a month of heated exchanges and picketing around the IEBC reforms.

On Wednesday, Cord announced it had reached a deal with Jubilee to table a motion in both National Assembly and the Senate to form a 14 -member joint select committee to discuss the itchy matters on the electoral body.

Opposition co-convener and Siaya senator James Orengo noted that the two coalitions had agreed on the contentious issues around the electoral body, saying ‘It is no longer about substance but form’ of the dialogue.

The Raila led-coalition will be represented by Senators Johnson Muthama (Machakos), Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and James Orengo (Siaya), MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) , Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Hellen Sambili (Mogotio) and Mombasa Women Representative Mishi Mboko.

Jubilee on its part has not yet officially confirmed the names of its seven members, though sources within the coalition revealed that they had dropped four of the initial 11 MPs named to the negotiating team.

Those to leave the team include MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes), Soipan Tuya (Narok Woman Representative) and Fatuma Dullo (Nominated Senator).

With the dropping of the four names, those who will represent Jubilee are Senator Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Beatrice Elachi (Nominated).

Others are MPs Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Naomi Shaban (Taveta) and Mohammud Mohammed (Mandera West).

Once established, the committee will receive views from the public, experts, religious groups and county governments, among other interested groups, and is expected to conclude its work within 30 days.

Based on the findings, the committee will prepare a report and a draft bill to be tabled in Parliament that will be endorsed by National Assembly and the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders.

 

 

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