NCCK proposes creation of office of official leader of opposition

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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,31ST OCT 2017-The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)  has called for  change in the constitution to create  additional posts  one for official leader of opposition, as well as that of a prime minister and two deputies.

Addressing the press  at Ufungaano house in Nairobi on Tuesday NCCK Secretary-General Peter Karanja  said the additional positions  to be created through Parliament or a referendum  will help promote inclusivity and ownership of the government.

Canon Karanja said the position of leader of opposition will not only provide dignity for the opposition, but also make it effective in holding the government to account.“The position of the leader of opposition will be occupied by nominees of the political party or coalition which meets a set criteria, who may be the presidential candidate and running mate, who obtained the second highest number of votes in a presidential election,” said Canon Karanja

Canon Karanja who was accompanied by the Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit  has also called for  a national dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa’s Raila Odinga  a move he says will reduce ethnic tensions witnessed during the August 8 and October 26 elections.

The cleric said the current law that allows the winner to take it all while the loser gets nothing is to blame for the do-or-die nature of the country’s politics.

This  comes  just a day after  president Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of  last Thursday’s fresh presidential election.

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