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Orengo Urges Ruto to Drop Finance Act 2023 for Talks with Raila to Commence

Siaya Governor James Orengo has called on President William Ruto to drop the Finance Act 2023 before entering into talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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President William Ruto (left) and opposition leader Raila Odinga (right) are expected to hold a peaceful negotiation regarding the economic and political state of the nation. Photo| File.

Orengo emphasized that discussions must encompass the issue of the cost of living, which should be a priority during the negotiations. The talks will be facilitated by a 10-member committee representing both Kenya Kwanza and Azimio factions.

Kenya Kwanza’s delegates for the bipartisan talks to be held between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio. Photo| File.

Orengo spoke during the official opening of a Ksh 18.8 million Modern market in Siaya. The governor urged Raila Odinga not to overlook the matter of the cost of living during the discussions. He asserted that the Finance Act must be set aside by President Ruto before any meaningful dialogue can begin.

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In addition to addressing the cost of living, the governor demanded compensation for families of victims who were shot during anti-government protests. He further insisted on the release of individuals who were arrested and had charges imposed on them during these demonstrations.

Azimio’s delegates for the bipartisan talks to be held between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio. Photo| File.

Another point of contention raised by Orengo was the ongoing recruitment of IEBC Commissioners. He stated that this process should be halted if there is a genuine willingness for dialogue from the Kenya Kwanza faction.

The dialogue will be overseen by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Yeasterday, Azimio named Kalonzo Musyoka, Opiyo Wandayi, Eugene Wamalwa, Okon’go Omogeni, and Amina Mnyazi as their representatives.

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Kenya Kwanza’s team, led by Kimani Ichung’wah, will include Araon Cheruiyot, Cecily Mbarire, Hassan Omar, and Catherine Wambilianga. The stage is set for discussions to commence and tackle the pressing issues facing the nation.

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