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Raila assigns Kalonzo, Eugene key tasks in talks with Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza camp

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga has tasked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and former Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa with leading the opposition team in bipartisan talks with the government.

Mr Musyoka and Wamalwa, who is the leader of the Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K) party, will lead the team of Azimio delegates who will engage representatives of the Kenya Kwanza government in the talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in the country.

Azimio la Umoja’s team also includes Opiyo Wandayi, who is the Leader of Minority in the National Assembly, Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni and Malindi MP Amina Myanzi.

“Further to our statement yesterday expressing commitment to dialogue with Kenya Kwanza for a speedy and sustainable resolution to the country’s problems, and after internal consultations, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party has today named its delegation to the talks with Kenya Kwanza,” the opposition coalition said in a statement on Monday.

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Azimio la Umoja further stated that no party to these negotiations can claim right to determine for the other what to raise and not what to raise. The opposition coalition said it will respect every detail that will be tabled by Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

Azimio la Umoja has also made it clear that the issues they are going to put on the table include the high cost of living in the country, an audit of the 2022 General Elections, bipartisan reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), inclusivity in national affairs and respect for political parties in line with the constitution.

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka addresses the gathering during an interdenominational prayer service for victims of police brutality at SKM Center in Karen, Nairobi on July 28, 2023. PHOTO | WILFRED NYANGARESI

“Azimio is keen on a timebound program of talks that should take one month beginning August 1, 2023,” the coalition further said.

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In the wake of the anti-government protests that rocked the country in recent weeks, there have been calls for President William Ruto and Mr Odinga to hold talks to defuse the political standoff.

But the two sides have since closed ranks with the Sunday Nation yesterday reporting that the President quietly met the opposition leader in Mombasa on Friday evening in the presence of retired Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The meeting kicked off a series of events that culminated in the announcement of talks involving five representatives from each side of the political divide.

The Sunday Nation also reported that the Friday night deliberations took place at a coastal hotel, with both parties having agreed not to tag along any of their lieutenants for fear of scuttling the talks at the initial stage.

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