Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Kenya: Opposition Proposes Initial Joint Meeting With Ruling Party For August 7

Nairobi — Azimio La Umoja One Kenya has written to Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah seeking an initial joint meeting with the Kenya Kwanza Alliance on Monday, August 7 to kick start the proposed dialogue.

In a letter, Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka who is leading Azimio’s five-member team in the dialogue called for a speedy resolution of the standoff between the two opposing sides citing anxiety among Kenyans.

“We have taken this step because we believe that time is of essence. While a lot of hard work will be required to resolve issues at hand, we believe a speedy start and a time bound process is necessary to put the nation at ease,” stated Musyoka.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition had set the end of this month as the deadline for the culmination of the talks even as the two coalitions failed to agree on issues of reference to be ironed out during the dialogue.

The initial bi-partisan talks to end the stalemate flopped after the 14-member team co-chaired by MPs George Murugara (Tharaka) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) failed to reach a consensus on the terms of reference.

“We believe that if all concerned show courage and commitment, there’s now a real chance that before the 1st September, Kenya will be reunited. We remain committed to negotiating in good faith on the basis of the plan,” Musyoka stated.

The Opposition Coalition stated that the team will be required to engage in dialogue on four thematic areas which include ways to lower the escalating cost of life and the audit of 2022 presidential elections.

Others include the bipartisan reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Inclusivity in national affairs and respect for political parties in line with the Constitution.

Ichung’wah’s team listed a five-point agenda including reconstitution of IEBC, implementation of the two-thirds gender rule, the entrenchment of Constituency Development Fund, establishment the Office of the Leader of the Opposition and embedding the Office of Prime Cabinet Secretary in statute.

The opposition team led contested Kenya Kwanza’s failure to include the cost of living, electoral reforms, and alleged cases of police brutality as part of the agenda for proposed talks.

The Musyoka-led team will include Minority Leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi, Malindi MP Amina Mnyanzi, Democratic Action Party Leader Eugene Wamalwa, and Nyamira Senator Okongo Omogeni respectively.