Kenya Kwanza has announced the formation of a 5-member team for bipartisan talks with Azimio One Kenya coalition.
The team, led by Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa, includes Senate Majority Leader Araon Cheruiyot, and Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire, as well as Hassan Omar and Catherine Wambilianga.
The Kenya Kwanza team has identified five key agenda items that they intend to discuss with the Azimio coalition. These include;
- Reconstitution of IEBC
- Implementation of the two-thirds gender rule
- Establishment of the official office for the opposition leader
- Entrenchment of the Constituency Development Fund
- Embedding of the Prime Cabinet Secretary’s office
However, the Kenya Kwanza team clarified that there will be no discussions regarding “handshake” or “Nusu Mkate” in the talks. Instead, the focus will be on crucial matters aimed at enhancing Kenya’s democratic processes and governance.
In response to the Kenya Kwanza team’s announcement, Azimio named their own delegation on Monday. Azimio’s delegation will be led by Wiper Party Leader, Kalonzo Musyoka.
The coalition’s delegation includes Minority Party Leader Opiyo Wandayi, DAP Party Leader Eugene Wamalwa, Nyamira Senator Okon’go Omogeni, and Malindi MP Amina Mnyazi.
Azimio Coalition stressed the importance of equal participation. They also emphasized that no party should decide unilaterally which issues can be raised during the negotiations.
Azimio plans to address critical matters such as;
- High cost of living
- A review of the 2022 General Election
- Bipartisan reorganization of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC).
- Respect for political parties in accordance with the constitution
- Inclusivity in governmental affairs
These talks come shortly after President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga engaged in the first of a series of meetings mediated by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. President Ruto confirmed that the initial meeting aimed to lay the groundwork for further dialogue.
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As both parties come together to address crucial national issues, it is hoped that the talks will pave the way for the betterment of the nation.