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No Prime Minister position in Kenya – The Constitution

Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2008

This means Kibaki cannot offer Raila Odinga this position to nurse the wounds after the disputed elections.


P.M. position is a constitutional issue

Written By:pps

The story appearing in the front page of Saturday’s Nation entitled Raila rules out becoming Kibaki’s prime Minister’ is misleading.

A statement issued from State House Nairobi, said that while the Government has welcomed dialogue with the ODM, there is no time when President Kibaki has offered a post of Prime Minister to Hon. Raila Odinga.

The statement further noted that the issue of the post of Prime Minister is a constitutional matter and currently there is no provision in the Kenyan constitution for the office of Prime Minister.

It added that President Kibaki has clearly stated that he is open to dialogue.

The President has further stated that calls for peace should be matched by statements by all leaders in a manner that is reconciliatory and respectful of the wishes of the majority of Kenyans who would like to see a peaceful solution to the current situation.

The statement also said the Head of State wishes to see Kenyan leaders give the initiative by Kofi Annan a chance adding that he is encouraged by efforts by Annan that led to a meeting with Hon. Raila Odinga.

In this connection the President once again calls on all Kenyans to respect the rule of law and sanctity of human life.

President Kibaki appealed to all Kenyans to embrace the spirit of reconciliation and dialogue in order to ensure that peace prevails in all corners of the country.

Lifted and published by Korir, API

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