Sonko, Mutua among seven governors calling for Uhuru-Raila dialogue
A group of seven governors led by Nairobi’s Mike Sonko and Alfred Mutua of Machakos on Monday agreed to bury their party differences to push for dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga.
The seven Governors who attended the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association Games at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos said they had agreed to sit together for the sake of peace in the country.
This came after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the re-election of President Kenyatta in the October 26 poll.
Other governors present included Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamenga, Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Ferdinand Waititu Babayao (Kiambu), Ali Roba (Mandera) and Ali Korane (Garissa).
Mutua said there should be no more bloodshed in the country because of politics, adding that there is need to amend the constitution of Kenya to make the Government all inclusive.
“The culture of the winner take it all has made some sections of the country feel that they have been left out. The amended constitution should create posts of Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister among others,” he said.
Sonko told Kenyans to resist politics of hatred but to conduct themselves with decorum.
“I work with MCAs from both NASA and Jubilee to confirm that we don’t know tribalism,” said Sonko adding that politics should not divide the country.
“Kenya and all her citizens are facing a myriad problems which can only be solved through sitting together to iron them out. As CoG from both Jubilee and NASA, we shall sit together with our principals to rescue the country. We don’t want any more deaths in Kenya,” Oparanya said.
Roba said Kenya is bigger than any individual including Odinga and Kenyatta, thus the need for the two leaders to sit and talk for the sake of the country.
Korane said leaders should work towards uniting Kenyans instead of dividing them. “Talks of session and resistance should not be encouraged by participants or patriotic Kenyans,” Korane stated.
Waititu said nobody will get leadership positions through the backdoor but he or she must fight through the ballot.
The games have attracted 31 counties and 31 county assemblies.
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