In yet to be verified claims, sources further reveal that Musalia Mudavadi will be deputised by a Vice President to be nominated from the PNU side. Kalonzo Musyoka's name had been mentioned but was outrightly rejected by the ODM side. Names that have been forwarded for consideration as possible contenders included Uhuru Kenyatta, Prof. Sam Ongeri, George Saitoti and even gender balance in Dr. Naomi Shaban have been put forward as possible contenders.
It is unclear how the choice of the transitional leader was reached but Mudavadi has long been viewed as a moderate in ODM and as an individual who PNU insiders (read Athuri group) can work with.
Ironically, this is the very proposal ODM put forward immediately after the disputed elections and they were rejected by the PNU side.
The transitional government is the one that will be mandated to implement the deal that was agreed upon in Kilaguni Lodge last week. The Kilaguni agreement was very comprehensive and it included constitutional reforms that will comprise the following:
- Comprehensive Constitutional reforms
- Comprehensive electoral reform – including of the electoral laws, the electoral commission and dispute resolution mechanisms
- A truth, justice and reconciliation commission
- Identification and prosecution of perpetrators of violence;
- Respect for human rights
- Parliamentary reform
- Police reform
- Legal and Judicial reforms
- Commitment to a shared national agenda in Parliament for these reforms
- Other legislative, structural, political and economic reforms as needed.
If these developments are true and an agreement is signed next week, Kenya's political landscape will dramatically change overnight. However, it remains to be seen if such a development will eliminate the post election violence that has left the nation deeply scarred and divided.
It is also unlikely that both Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga will seek re-election as president in the new political set-up. The former may bow out on account of age and health, while the latter may be satisfied serving as Prime Minister, a position that is bound to be created by the new devolved constitution that the interim government will facilitate.