Senate approves establishment of 10-member National Dialogue Committee
The National Dialogue Committee (NDC) is set
to sign it's framework agreement on Wednesday after the Senate approved the
establishment of the 10-member team and another 8-member technical team to
The NDC, which includes leaders from both
Kenya Kwanza alliance and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party, has 60
days to hold talks and submit a report to Parliament.
The announcement was made by Senate Speaker Amason
Kingi during a special sitting which legally embedded the engagements of the NDC
and the technical team into law.
“That the two Houses of Parliament establish
a National Dialogue Committee consisting of 10 members to represent Kenya
Kwanza Alliance, a coalition constituting the Majority Party of the Parliament
of the Republic of Kenya, and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party, a
coalition forming the Minority Party of the Parliament of the Republic of
Kenya,” stated Speaker Kingi.
Senate also directed that membership of the
committee be drawn from within and outside Parliament.
The committee has also been allowed to pick
two extra officers to act as communication secretaries, and are to be appointed
by Majority and Minority leaders.
The committee is free to engage members of
the public, stakeholders, professionals, and experts and collect their views as
well as determine its procedure.
In the talks, Kenya Kwanza will be
represented by National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah, Governor
Cecily Mbarire, Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Hassan Omar Hassan, and Catherine
Azimio, on the other hand, will be
represented by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, National Assembly Minority Leader
Opiyo Wandayi, Amina Mnyazi, Eugene Wamalwa, and Senator Okong’o Mogeni.
Dr. Muthomi Thiankolu, Dr. Linda Musumba, Dr.
Duncan Ojwang, and Nick Biketi will form Kenya Kwanza’s technical team while
Azimio’s team will consist of Jeremiah Kioni, Prof. Adams Oloo, Abubakar Zein
Abubakar and Lynn Ngugi.
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