Kenya: National Dialogue Committee Begins Talks on Cost of Living

Nairobi — The National Dialogue Committee on Monday held talks focusing on the thorny cost of living that has caused a major divide.

The committee led by leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Kimani Ichung’wah stated that several experts have been invited to give their proposals on the issue.

“We have started tackling the difficult question of the cost of living. We have resolved that beginning next week we shall be inviting a number of experts to help us crack the numbers and be able to have proposals that will ease the burden Kenyans are bearing,” Inchung’wah said.

According to Ichung’wah, the cost of living cannot be discussed and agreed in a single sitting and the committee is exploring immediate, medium, and long-term solutions.

Ichung’wah noted that they have an extension approval by both the Senate and National Assembly, and they have another 30 days from October 28 to November 28. He said they endeavor to conclude the process long before the lapse of the extension and table report to Parliament.

He revealed that it has been difficult for the committee to access funding.

He said they have only two days of retreat in Elementaita to discuss the issues since they have no money.

“We continue to appeal to all of you to help us raise adequate resources to be able to go through the next one month. We have bills pending at the Bomas of Kenya,” he said.

He said they have agreed on a number of issues including auditing of elections and are working on the how and the instruments to use.