ODM leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, September 23, broke his silence after Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament.
Maraga penned a letter to Uhuru on Monday, September 21 urging him to dissolve Parliament for failure to enforce the two-thirds gender rule.
In response to Maraga’s advisory, Raila called for patience among Kenyans from the President as he engages in wide consultations on the contentious issue.
“I appeal to the President to consult as widely as possible before taking any action on this matter and ensure that the overall interests of the people are served by any action he finally decides to take.
“In circumstances where institutions have failed as is the case with Parliament currently, the Constitution gives power to citizens to act directly and not through their elected representatives to have their aspirations realised,” read his statement in part.
Raila admitted that the advisory placed the country and the people of Kenya in a precarious constitutional and political limbo that will require careful deliberation before any action is taken.
The ODM Party leader noted that the ramifications to the country in dissolving one of the arms of Government could have devastating consequences in the life of the nation and its people.
Raila, however, stated that dissolution of Parliament was not the defining solution to the two-thirds gender rule that is engraved in the constitution.
Maraga’s letter has thrown the country into disarray, into scenarios that require a consensus on the way forward, according to The EU special envoy.
Deputy President William Ruto also on Wednesday also broke his silence on Maraga’s advice to Uhuru noting that women should be equally included in every sector alongside the youth and other marginalised groups.
The President is however yet to release a statement on the issue with calls growing louder on him to act after Maraga’s letter.