Why Plan to Block Uhuru’s Pension is a Tall Order; Ruto, Raila Men Close Ranks on Creation of New Offices & Azimio Supporters Tell Off Raila After Cancelling Demos

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On Wednesday, the Azimio coalition finally suspended its countrywide protests scheduled for today saying their Kenya Kwanza counterparts have agreed to recuse Adan Keynan from their bipartisan talks team.

Last month, Azimio had objected to Keynan’s inclusion in the talks team saying that it showed a lack of seriousness on the part of Kenya Kwanza considering that respect for multiparty democracy is one of the issues Azimio is demanding.

Reacting to the move, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi claimed that President William Ruto was toying with Azimio arguing that the Head of State deliberately named the Eldas MP in Kenya Kwanza’s bipartisan committee to provoke the opposition.

According to the controversial political commentator, Ruto seemingly knew exactly how Opposition chief Raila Odinga would react to Keynan’s inclusion in the talks team.

The Raila-led team, however, reiterated that it might be compelled to return to the streets should Kenya Kwanza show the ‘slightest indication of lack of goodwill and honesty.

Do you think Ruto’s team is toying with Raila’s camp? And do you foresee Azimio returning to the streets if the talks fail?

Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Why Plan to Block Uhuru’s Pension is a Tall Order

Inside Uhuru Kenyatta's Retirement Package After 10-Year Tenure as  President - Tuko.co.ke

The National Assembly would require a supermajority to stop monthly pension and other benefits enjoyed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta for engaging in active politics after his retirement.

Gatundu South MP Gabriel Kagombe filed a motion in the National Assembly on Tuesday seeking to have Mr Kenyatta denied his retirement perks.

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Ruto, Raila Men Close Ranks on Creation of New Offices

William Ruto Dubs Raila Odinga 'Good Old Man' as Both Presidential  Candidates Are Grilled by Larry Madowo - Tuko.co.ke

President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga troops in Parliament have closed ranks on the contentious law change to allow for the creation of the office of the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition position.

National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah and his Minority counterpart Opiyo Wandayi made a rare convergence on the expansion of the Executive when they made separate submissions before a Parliamentary.

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Azimio Supporters Tell Off Raila After Cancelling Demos

Azimio supporters turn up for Raila's rally in Kisii

On Tuesday 2nd May 2023, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition leaders led Kenyans into the return of mass actions.

This was after they had a break from the demonstrations but Raila Odinga announced that the demonstrations were to return despite the Bipartisan talks. The demonstrations were set to continue on Thursday as had been planned by Azimio leaders.

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