Photo: Cord Raila at a press conference in his office yesterday.
Cord leaders on Thursday rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal on the IEBC stalemate.
Led by Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula, the opposition leaders set new conditions for talks with Jubilee.
Earlier in the day, President Kenyatta met Jubilee MPs and Senator and named 11 representatives including Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria to the negotiating team.
“No deal until there is a deal. We shall be able to communicate to the country a final decision on this matter within the next 24 hours,” Raila said in a press conference at his Capitol hill office.
Raila suggested that each coalition nominates only two members for the talks.
Senator James Orengo and Dr Simiyu Eseli (Tongareni MP) were named negotiators in the stalemate.
“We welcomed the move as a start in the search for the way forward on the matter of IEBC,” he said.
He announced that they have information that Jubilee will be led by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, a claim that sources at State House refuted after Raila’s address.
“The appointment of a two member committee is the fertile imagination of Raila Odinga,” State House said.
“Raila is lying. Jubilee met in the morning and made its decisions. Jubilee does not need the counsel of Raila. He cannot purport to appoint anyone on behalf of Jubilee,” PSCU said on Thursday.
But the Cord leader said they had consulted with Jubilee and other stakeholders with a mission of ironing out outstanding issues considered critical to creating a credible electoral body.
“We do not intend to delve into these outstanding issues now,” he said, “We will deliberate on the outstanding issues and report back within the next 24 hours,” Raila added.
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