On Monday, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party named its five representatives to the talks with President William Ruto’s team which will be led by Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
This comes amid rumors of fallout within the opposition over the most suitable members of the bipartisan talks meant to broker a truce between the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Vocal Kileleshwa ODM MCA Robert Alai had decried a push by Martha Karua to have embattled Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni as part of Azimio’s team who had argued that a representative from the Mt Kenya region should form part of the five-member team.
According to the coalition, the discussion will center around the high cost of living, the audit of the 2022 General Election results, and the bipartisan reconstitution of the IEBC.
On the other hand, Ruto argued that the cost of living was not necessary in the talks since it formed part of his manifesto and a plan to lower the cost of food was already in motion.
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Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News this morning:
Uhuru’s Message Before Leaving the Country With His Family
The recent communication between the Foreign Affairs ministry and a local embassy, outlining travel plans for retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family, has intensified the ongoing disagreement between him and the government.
Kenyatta had previously mentioned his intention to take a long-awaited vacation with his family, emphasizing that he hopes this decision will not be misunderstood.
‘We Went Into Hiding After Announcing Results’
Retired Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Abdi Guliye has for the very first time opened up about the fracas that unfolded at the Bomas of Kenya after former chairman Wafula Chebukati arrived to announce the 2022 presidential results.
Speaking to TV47 on the evening of Monday, July 31, Guliye revealed that he alongside Chebukati and Marjan Hussein Marjan (former IEBC CEO) went into hiding.
How Int’l Calls Forced Ruto, Raila to Truce Talks
Days after agreeing to hold talks with Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition, the latest reports indicate that President William Ruto received international calls from Washington and London with various instructions.
As relayed by a report covered in Tuesday’s Standard publication, it’s claimed that Ruto was under pressure from international countries where he had been advised against agreeing to talks through politically active mediators such as sitting presidents.