Azimio announce public barazas ahead of bipartisan talks
The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition has appointed Rarieda lawmaker Otiende Amolo as the chairperson of the seven-member team that will take part in bi-partisan approach negotiation with the government side.
This is according to Azimio Executive Council chairman Mr Wycliffe Oparanya.
Oparanya, the former Kakamega governor, further announced Azimio will embark on a series of direct engagements with members of the public through town hall meetings and public barazas.
“We will hold the first town hall meeting in Nairobi on Thursday, 13. April 2023, to be followed by a people’s Baraza at the Kamukunji grounds on Sunday, 16. April 2023,” Mr Oparanya said.
According to Mr Oparanya, the purpose of the town hall meetings and public barazas is to enable the party to explain to the people where we are and the upcoming course of action following the suspension of protests.
“The letter and spirit of fidelity to multipartyism must be entrenched in the ongoing negotiations. We continue to reiterate that we expect parliamentary parties and membership to be respected and not undermined during the talks.”
He announced that the Azimio remains committed to the spirit of the Easter deal that saw the two parties commit to dialogue, calling on the Kenya Kwanza side of President William Ruto to come to the table with “clean hands, unclenched fists, and a commitment to an honest and transparent process.”
Azimio has reiterated that the talks should engage on all the issues facing the country, including the high cost of living, and electoral injustices that they claimed have been swept under the carpet for decades, safeguarding multipartyism and safeguarding our civil service from politics.
Also, Azimio insisted that the four issues that were earlier communicated to the public by the Azimio leader Mr Raila Odinga will be addressed.
The four issues raised comprise the high cost of living, opening and audit of the IEBC servers, protection of the letter and spirit of fidelity to multiparty democracy, and adherence to the principle of inclusivity in the appointment of civil servants.
The Azimio suspended the countrywide demonstrations at the beginning of this month following the calls from the President who invited them to the table to air their grievances.