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Coalition will survive ‘for selfish reasons’

Thursday January 29 2009

Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional

Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua. Photo/FILE 

By SAMWEL KUMBA

The Coalition Government will last the full term of the Tenth Parliament even after a new constitution is enacted, Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua has said.

Ms Karua told Law Society of Kenya members on Thursday that selfish political reasons would force the coalition partners to stick together until the next election.

The minister was responding to a question at a LSK luncheon about a likely fallout between the coalition partners due to perceived lack of consultation in decision-making.

Besides, the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 which established the Grand Coalition provides for its dissolution if a new Constitution is enacted.

But the minister said that there were no mechanisms for renewing leadership following the dismissal of the Electoral Commission of Kenya.

In the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008, dissolution of the Coalition Government is provided for if the Tenth Parliament is dissolved, the coalition parties agree in writing or when one coalition partner withdraws by a resolution of the highest decision-making body of that party.

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But the minister said that the coalition lacked good governance which put the envisaged key sector reforms in jeopardy.

“All the reforms depend on good governance which is not this coalition’s strong point. But I appeal to the political class to make tough decisions which will end impunity although they will not be popular within and outside of government,” said Ms Karua.