Coast leaders back President Kenyatta-Raila pact

President Uhuru Kenyatta andRaila Odinga meet at Harambee House on 9th March 2018 paving way for the Building Bridges Initiative.Youth leaders have urged Kenyans to read and understand the BBI report PHOTO: FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: Coast legislators have backed the just concluded pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga terming it as a way of upholding tranquility in the country.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, the legislators among them Malindi women Rep Aisha Jumwa said that the move by the two leaders will help in propelling the prosperity of the nation and minimize political tensions in the country.

She said that the move was timely indicating that president Uhuru and Raila seem to have adhered to the calls of various stakeholders including foreign diplomats, church leaders and civil society who have been urging them to find a truce which means well for this country.

The coast press conference encompassed both Jubilee and NASA legislators of both houses.

Lungalunga member of parliament Khatib Mwashetani said that the deal between Kenyatta and Odinga is an avenue which will permit all coast legislators to work together in order to uplift the development of the coastal region.

“There is a need for coast people now to work together, even if we come from different political parties but our agenda and plans are the development in the coast, the decision by the two leaders, we back it and it will bring change to the political scene,” Mwashetani said.

Mombasa senator Mohammed Faki applauded the cordial relationship between the two leaders which he alluded that it will enhance amendment of electoral laws in a bid to avert challenges witnessed during elections.

On the other hand, Mvita legislator Abdul Swamad downplayed assertions that there will be no oversight after the deal pointing that parliament will play a key role in the whole oversight role.

Consequently, Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya urged the duo to oversee the land injustices that has been affecting the coastal people since independence.

Kenyatta Raila deal has sparked divergent views across the political scene, whereby some leaders applauded them for undertaking such initiative while others blasting them arguing that it might weaken the NASA coalition which plays a key role in counterchecking the government.