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CORD – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Kenya

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The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is a coalition of parties that have come together to form the government in 2013. CORD has three main parties Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led by Raila Odinga, Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) led by Kalonzo Musyoka, and Ford Kenya led by Moses Wetangula.

CORD consist of:

Raila Odinga – President- Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
Kalonzo Musyoka – Deputy President- Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM)
Moses Wetangula -Majority Leader / Minority Leader- Ford Kenya

CORD coalition summit.

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The Coalition Summit sits at the apex of the structure and will have as its members coalition leaders Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula.

The Summit shall be the supreme organ of the coalition.

The Summit duty will be to lead the coalition, convene and chair meetings of its organs including the Executive Board and the Parliamentary Group, and speak for the alliance.

Appointments to government

The cord coalition is committed that if they win the elections, the President will make appointments to government “in consultation and concurrence with the Deputy President”.

Party strength will also be a basis for sharing out positions between the parties to the Coalition.

ODM and Wiper will also “consult and concur” before sacking anyone appointed to the National Government.

Subject to the Constitution or any other law and the results of the General Election, the position of Majority Leader and Minority Leader in either houses of Parliament shall be assigned to Ford Kenya,” states the agreement.

The Majority Leader is the leader of government business while Minority Leader is the official leader of the opposition in the House.

The two parties (ODM and WDM)  will also have joint nominations for the positions of Governor in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru.

However, in each of the three counties, the governor and deputy will not be from the same party. In other counties, the parties will field respective candidates in a joint nomination that is expected to be free and fair.

This will be together with their running mates as candidates for deputy governors and the candidates shall contest the General Election as a team under the joint ticket of the coalition.

They will also jointly sponsor candidates in the both houses of Parliament and county assemblies. The positions earmarked are Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Majority leader/Minority leader, Whips, chairmen and vice chairmen of the committees in the Senate, National and County assemblies. The coalition will be managed by a Charter, which stipulates the parties involved and spells out the structure and organs of the coalition.

In the agreement, the Summit is expected to appoint experts to come up with the Cord manifesto and members of the arbitration panel.

The next top organ after Summit is the Executive Board, followed by the Coalition Governing Council, joint Parliamentary Group and the Secretariat.

The Coalition Executive Board will have each of the three party leaders, four members from ODM, Wiper, Ford Kenya and two members representing all other parties. The coalition’s Governing Council will comprise the Summit, members of the Executive Board, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Executive Committees of parties and Governors.

In addition, there will be a body bringing together joint party County Assembly members.

Crucial CORD organs

The coalition’s Executive Board will manage and conduct coalition affairs, receive and consider reports from coalition organs and resolve disputes within the coalition.

The Joint Parliamentary Group will be chaired by one of the Coalition Whips, who will have a rotational six-month tenure.

The agreement has a section on the code of conduct, enforcement mechanisms and sanctions while disputes will be resolved by an arbitration panel whose decision will be final.

After the Panel, the aggrieved party can only proceed to the Political Parties Tribunal. The Panel does not recognise advocates during dispute resolution.