Kenya: CORD coalition is finally heeding advice on ways to strengthen opposition in parliament and put the Jubilee government on its toes in good governance matters.

Advice to CORD to pull up its game as an opposition party has sometimes come from the most unlikely sources including the Jubilee government itself with the Majority Leader in parliament claiming that the government needs strong opposition in and outside parliament to enable it to perform its statutory duties with a clear focus.

Stung by criticism of its dismal performance over the last year, opposition coalition Cord leaders have begun works to revamp the coalition. Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula are discussing a shadow cabinet that will be named shortly.

The coalition might also
replace Minority Leader Francis Nyenze when it names the shadow cabinet.

Yesterday Nyenze confirmed that discussions will be completed in a matter of days. “We
are trying to match roles and expertise. We have been operating on ad hoc basis but now we want to have a structured way of handling
issues in Parliament. We will have
spokespersons for each sector making up our shadow cabinet,” said Nyenze.

Each shadow minister will be given a detailed job description with clear deliverables. They will be
appraised yearly by their colleagues in Parliament to ensure that those who do not perform will be replaced.

“The idea is to create a team that will be ready to take over government when we win in
2017,” said Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang.

The coalition has also agreed to have regular meetings to discuss emerging issues and take common positions.

Last Wednesday there was one meeting in anticipation of the parliamentary debate on
payments to Anglo Leasing which was later withdrawn by the government following hostility
from Jubilee MPs.

The meeting was chaired by Wetang’ula and was attended were MPs and senators from ODM, Wiper
and Ford-Kenya.

The coalition agreed to vote against
the Anglo Leasing payments.

“When we finished the meeting, we were all united in our approach and agreed that Junet Mohammed of
Suna East would name the Kenyan owners of Anglo Leasing scandal,” said an MP who attended the

The coalition has also agreed to hold joint rallies especially in their electoral strongholds.

This weekend Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Wetang’ula head to Nyanza for a series of events that
will culminate in a harambee in Awendo.

“We want to remind our supporters that we are not dead and they should not give up. We lost elections
but we have a chance again in 2017.

So let’s begin to prepare by taking ID cards,” said Siaya senator James

From Nyanza the coalition partners will head to Eastern, Coast and Western Kenya for harambees
and to thank supporters for their continued support.

Each party has been asked to put its house in order by ensuring that vacant positions are filled and more
members are recruited.

ODM has been without officials since its party elections were disrupted by the ‘men in black’ on February 28.

Before he left for America two months ago, ODM leader Raila Odinga set up an interim
leadership team with representatives from both factions.

Next week acting ODM party leader Professor Anyang Nyong’o has organised a retreat with the
Ababu Namwamba and Agnes Zani factions.

The team will draw up a clear work plan for recruiting new members, filling vacant positions and electing
new national officials.

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