The much-touted bipartisan talks between the ruling Kenya Kwanza Alliance and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition are at risk of collapsing after Opposition leaders threatened to pull out.
While the Kenya Kwanza administration insists that the talks be conducted purely through Parliament, Azimio leader Raila Odinga and other coalition bigwigs yesterday demanded that the process be conducted out of Parliament with the role of the two Houses being to ratify the agreements reached at the end of the negotiations.
Yesterday, Azimio leaders instructed their seven delegates to the talks not to engage in a parliamentary initiative triggered by the Kenya Kwanza leadership through a notice of motion that Leader of Majority Kimani Ichung’wah wrote to the National Assembly Speaker on Friday.
Led by Raila, the Azimio chiefs who included Kalonzo Musyoka of the Wiper Party and Martha Karua of Narc-Kenya threatened to disengage if Kenya Kwanza continues to insist that it must be conducted as a parliamentary process. They argued that the parliamentary process has many constraints and they want the 14-member team to be excused from other duties to focus on the talks.
Azimio also wants the process to be guided by a six-point agenda that will include bringing down the cost of living, opening presidential election servers for audit, making the process of hiring electoral commissioners more inclusive and putting an end to the poaching of opposition MPs to join the government side.
They also want the ‘Cherera Four’ electoral commissioners who resigned to be reinstated.
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