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Narc Kenya opts out of OKA’s coalition agreement signing

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 19:17 | By
Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya presidential running mate Martha Karua. PHOTO/File
Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya presidential running mate Martha Karua. PHOTO/File

Narc Kenya has opted out of signing the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) coalition agreement that was slated for tomorrow, March 2.

In a statement on Tuesday, the party Secretary General Orwa Michael said his team needed more time to scrutinize the document before appending a signature.

"We have received the draft proposal from the technical committee and our legal team needs seven more days to go through it and identify the gray areas," Orwa said.

The party further cited the recently introduced Political Parties Act that he said had brought some new dimensions in coalition agreements.

"The party is aware of the emerging multiple legal interpretations of the Political Parties Act concerning the formation and management of Coalitions and Coalition Political Parties.

"The new act has some issues like depositing the agreement with the registrar of political parties and the framework on the admission of new members, and we want the air cleared on this," he said.

Orwa, however, noted that Narc Kenya is firmly in OKA under Martha Karua.

"The party has demonstrated its commitment to the founding ideals and values and objectives of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), including transparency, accountability and inclusivity," he said.

OKA brings together principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Senator Gideon Moi (Kanu), Karua (NARC) and Cyrus Jirongo (UDP).

The coalition partners were expected to sign a joint agreement before negotiating with Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja.

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