WHAT EXACTLY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN THOSE TWO YEARS?
Sunday 28th February marked the second anniversary since the national accord was signed leading to a formation of a coalition government and creation of a prime minister seat in the government. The 2nd anniversary since the accord was signed, to signal an end to the bloodbath witnessed in Kenya after the disputed presidential elections.
While attending mass at the Holy Family Basilica to mark the anniversary, the two principles dwelt on the need for Kenyans to be united while embracing their diversity.President Kibaki expressed optimism that Kenya would grow to be a prosperous nation.“We need to get together, not to get wasted in temporary quarrels. What I am pleading with every Kenyan is not to be selfish, don’t just think of a Kenya that is wonderful for you but everybody else is miserable, we want a Kenya that is prosperous for all of us,” he said.
The Premier on his part defended the grand coalition government record and said a lot had been achieved in terms of uniting Kenyans, plus reforms were in progress.
The two coalition partners steered off the constitution debate and said they wanted the will of Kenyans to prevail.While President Kibaki called on Parliamentarians to pass a constitution that was acceptable to all Kenyans, Prime Minister Odinga said this was not the time to engage in grand standing on the constitution issue.
Mr Odinga said: “The constitution has reached a very delicate phase where it has now gone to parliament and this is not the time for us to engage in incitement and agitation. That is why I have desisted from stating my position, even the President has desisted all this time from stating his position so that the process can move freely among the people.”
On Saturday however, President Kibaki made it clear that he would not accept a constitution that legalized abortion and said it must recognize that life begins at conception.
Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Njue who led the mass also emphasized on the abortion clause and said if the Members of Parliament amended it to legalize abortion then they would be “murderers”.
But Mr Odinga defended the parliamentarians and said: “I would be very careful before I said Members of Parliament will be murderers. They have not drafted the constitution that is going to parliament; it has been drafted by other people. We all know that life is precious and where life begins.”
“I would want us all – the politicians, clergy, civil society to be very cautious at this moment in time that we do not divide people,” he added.
The government declared a National Thanksgiving and Cohesion day on Sunday, urging Kenyans of all religious backgrounds to pray for unity in the country.