Kalonzo gives one condition for Azimio to call off demonstrations
Wiper Party leader and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka on May 3, 2023, gave a new condition to President William Ruto and his Kenya Kwanzao government to meet if they wanted to prevent the opposition demonstrations scheduled on May 4, 2023.
In his statement, Honorable Musyoka said they made an offer to the Kenya Kwanza government last Sunday, March 30, 2023, on what would bring the opposition back to the table for bipartisan talks to address the key issues they have been demonstrating about.
“We, in Azimio La Umoja One Kenya announce, on a without prejudice basis, that we are prepared to go back to the bipartisan talks with our opposite side in Kenya Kwanza and are prepared to stand down the demonstration scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, May 4, 2023, provided Kenya Kwanza recuses Honorable Adan Kenan from the bipartisan committee and immediately announces his replacement on the said committee,” read the statement in part.
Azimio revealed they had made this offer on Sunday at the Cathedral of Praise Ministries International and all their other conditions continue to remain the same.
Last month, Azimio claimed Presidet Ruto and his team were out to sabotage talks with the opposition after they tapped Eldas Member of Parliament Adan Kenynan as a member of their team. Honorable Keynan is a member of the Jubilee Party which is part of the Azimio La Umoja coalition.
The Kenya Kwanza committee includes Boni Khalwale (Kakamega Senator), George Murugara (MP Tharaka), Esther Okenyuri (Nominated Senator), Mwangi Mutuse (MP Kibwezi West), Lydia Haika (Women Rep Taita Taveta), Hillary Sigei (Senator Bomet) and Adan Keynan MP Eldas. Azimio’s team on the other hand includes Senators Ledama Ole Kina (Narok), Edwin Sifuna (Nairobi) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui). Others are Malindi MP Amina Mnyanzi, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo, Pokot South MP David Pkosing and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.
Azimio La Umoja have been leading demonstrations on the streets demanding the government lower the high cost of living for Kenyans, the opening of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission election servers to know who genuinely won the August 2022 presidential election, a stop to the cannibalization of political parties by Kenya Kwanza and absorbing defectors as well as a stop to the recruitment of new IEBC commissioners in what they termed as unprocedural. Raila also wants all political parties to be involved in the selection of new Commissioners instead of President Ruto’s route of appointing a 7-member selection panel to pick the chairman and six commissioners.