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NCCK urges dialogue, creation of PM position

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to drop their hard line stance and dialogue to bring down political tensions in the country.

NCCK general secretary Rev Canon Peter Karanja (below) told a media conference the country is in a crisis “despite the fact that many people are unwilling to accept the same”. He said it is regrettable that leaders from major political formations are “pulling the country apart instead of bringing it together”. Karanja said Kenyans have over the decades allowed the interests of individuals and elite to be elevated above community and national ones. “The country is, therefore, pensive and anxious besides being deeply divided and polarised along ethnic and political lines,” he said, adding that the 2017 election bequeathed the nation with two centres of power that are in superiority and popularity contest.

NCCK said the current situation in the country called for a short time review of governance structure. The church body said the Constitution ought to be amended to allow for an expanded executive and at the same time dignify the Opposition. “If this proposal is adopted within four months, the President will be empowered to appoint a Prime Minister and two deputies who will sit in the Cabinet and also lead government business in Parliament,” said Karanja.

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