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Kalonzo slams court for halting NADCO report implementation

Sunday, March 31st, 2024 12:47 | By
Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) Party Leader and Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) Kalonzo Musyoka
Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) Party Leader and Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) Kalonzo Musyoka speaking in Kwale. PHOTO/@skmusyoka/X

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has faulted the High Court for halting the implementation of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report.

Kalonzo, who was also the NADCO co-chair, termed the orders by Lady Justice Dora Chepkwony as state-sponsored.

“This is a deliberate scheme to go against what was agreed on at the Bomas of Kenya. The Kenya Kwanza regime has never had goodwill and faith and this is the problem in Kenya; the politics of lies all the time. This state-sponsored court action must stop," Kalonzo said.

According to the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party co-principal, the state was not committed during the dialogue

Kalonzo spoke during the funeral service of Priscilla Muendi Mbula in Mwananyamala, Lunga Lunga constituency in Kwale County.

Wamalwa on NADCO report

Democratic Action Party (DAP-K) Party Leader Eugene Wamalwa, speaking during the same forum, asked for the audit of the 2022 presidential elections for Kenyans to know the truth.

“This audit is what they wanted to stop. This is state-sponsored. They didn't have good faith before, during, or after the NADCO talks," Wamalwa said.

Wamalwa added that the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) has also been delaying the processing of the NADCO report.

“Choices have consequences. We are ready to return to maadamano (street protests),” Wamalwa noted.

Wiper MPs present including Kitui West's Edith Nyenze and Makueni's Susan Kiamba asked Kenyans to stand with Musyoka and Azimio given the official announcement by Azimio party leader Raila Odinga to seek the African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship.

Before the court halted the implementation of the NADCO report, eight bills had been referred to the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs (JLAC) and the Senate Standing Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

The two committees were given 45 days to consider the said bills and table a report in the house for either adoption or rejection.

“The two Committees are therefore directed to ensure strict adherence to the due process in considering the proposed amendments during the joint sittings. Finally, this matter being one of immense importance and public interest, the Committees are directed to undertake the assignment expeditiously and to submit a report within forty-five (45) days from today,” National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula stated in February.

Among the bills that were set to be introduced in the National Assembly and be considered by the JLAC included The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2024, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2024, The Leader of Opposition Bill, 2024, and The National Government Coordination (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

The Senate on its part was to introduce and consider The Elections Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2024, The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2024, The Statutory Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2024, and The Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

On Friday, a High Court sitting in Kiambu suspended the implementation of the NADCO Report pending a hearing and determination of a case filed by activist Michael Muchemi. 

Muchemi told the court that implementation of the NADCO report would plunge the country into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

"Upon considering the grounds on the face of the application together with the affidavit sworn it is hereby ordered that the application be and is hereby certified as urgent and that the application be and is hereby allowed. This means that the process that began in parliament to implement the report stops forthwith," Lady Justice Chepkwony ruled.

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