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15/07/2014

5 Highlights as Parliament reopens.

As parliament reopens, the legislative agenda will be tight and
absorbing. The first issue in the lips of many Kenyans is the issue of
a referendum, and Jubilee, which has a majority in parliament, will
likely argue against this. The issue of insecurity will be a
bipartisan issue as both sides will attempt to ensure that the
insecurity in the country is arrested. Third, the curbing of illicit
brews will be a hot issue, as the deaths in Kapsabet, Nandi and
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu demonstrate. Even then the calls by Cord for
wholesome disbandment of the electoral body IEBC will likely be
scoffed off by Jubilee. Cord has indicated that it prefers that the
referendum be done by the UN, which calls Kenya's own sovereignty into
question. There will also be the issue of national healing and
reconciliation, as the political temperatures in the country increase,
and the need for peace and stability concerns the key stakeholders.
Already, the World Bank has revised Kenya's growth prospects from 5
percent to 4.5 percent.

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