Kenyans should ignore the screaming headlines that the National Super Alliance (NASA) is on its deathbed due to the recent exchanges amongst two affiliate parties.
Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka says the exchanges are just but signs of healthy democracy existing within the Coalition, adding that NASA is intact and that he will undertake the mediation role to bring Hon. Raila Odinga and Sen. Moses Wetangula to a roundtable.
Kalonzo, who was addressing a conference on Mediation themed “Mediation for Development” at Strathmore University in Nairobi today, said Kenyans are tired of combative politics and are yearning for politics of tolerance.
“Looking at the papers today, I saw firebrand politics. I think Kenyans are getting tired of that type of politics. We lose the God-given virtue of tolerance by not listening to each other,” said Kalonzo
Kalonzo cautioned leaders against what he termed “fireworks politics” adding that contrary to reports, NASA is not on its deathbed.
“I consider myself an important player in the NASA family and I am not aware of the pronounced “death” of NASA Coalition,” said Kalonzo.
The Wiper boss has promised to mediate between Hon. Raila and Sen. Wetangula in an effort to diffuse the notion that there are widening cracks within the NASA family, but rather, a vibrant democracy from within.
On matters mediation, the Wiper leader has challenged Parliament to legislate laws so as to firmly entrench mediation process into the Constitution.
“Both the National Assembly and the Senate should take it upon themselves to come up with legislation which is anchored on the very Constitution itself. We are not doing anything out of the rule of law.”
On corruption, the Wiper leader has reiterated his call on President Uhuru Kenyatta not to blink or relent in the current war against corruption, adding that if the latter happens, there will be no Kenya.
“If President Uhuru Kenyatta blink on this fight against corruption, we will have lost it. If he doesn’t blink, I will give him a big hug myself.”
Speaking at the same forum, Chief Justice David Maraga implored Kenyans to embrace mediation rather than litigation, saying the former has proven to be cost effective and less time consuming.
He said the neighboring economies are fast catching up with Kenya because of their robust alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Governor Kivutha Kibwana, who was representing the Chairman of the Council of Governors Josephat Nanok, said the Council is working on a framework to resolve disputes between the National and County governments, and among the County governments themselves.
On politics, Prof. Kibwana cautioned leaders against campaigns of 2022 presidential succession, adding that such politics are derailing Kenya’s developmental agenda anchored on the Big Four and Vision 2030.