Raila-Ruto bipartisan team agrees on the creation of the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and leader of opposition positions.
Following a series of meetings between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza in the National Dialogue Committee, the team has agreed to establish the offices of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and opposition leader.
The team, led by National Assembly leader Kimani Ichung’wah and his Azimio counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka, also agreed on other issues including the two-thirds gender rule and fidelity to political parties.
The office of the opposition leader has been the focus of discussion in the past, with President William Ruto declaring his willingness to establish the position by parliamentary act in order to strengthen the opposition’s watchdog function.
The Ruto-Raila team also agreed on the establishment of funds for the Constituency Development Fund, National Government Affirmative Action Fund, and Senate Oversight Fund.
“Pleased with the tremendously positive strides the Dialogue Committee has made in our noble quest to make Kenya a better nation,” Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot, who is part of the Kenya Kwanza bipartisan team, said in a statement.
“The meeting with our Technical Teams has reported significant progress by providing an agreeable set of agenda from both teams.”
He stated that the committee had worked overtime to adhere to the 60-day timelines given by Parliament.
The committee, however, did not agree on some issues including the cost of living, restructuring and reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), audit of the 2022 elections, and inclusivity in public appointments among others.
The team is set to provide a comprehensive report before the end of October.