Azimio unveils 7-member team for bipartisan talks with Gov't
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party has finally unveiled a 7-member team of legislators that will engage in dialogue with the government over the myriad of issues raised by the opposition faction.
The team was announced on Thursday during an Azimio Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by coalition party leader Raila Odinga in the absence of Chairman and former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who however vowed to support all the resolutions made.
Mr. Odinga said the meeting was in preparation to send the coalition’s members to the bipartisan Parliamentary committee, per the opposition’s agreement on Sunday to call off anti-government protests and address its issues with President William Ruto’s administration.
“We shall send our members to that select committee. The point of reference shall be lowering the cost of unga and electricity, audit of IEBC servers used before, during and after the 2022 elections, reviewing the dismissal of the IEBC four, and for the government to consider restructuring IEBC by devolving its structures,” he said.
Mr. Odinga, during the meeting, however warned the government that should the deliberations not bear the desired fruit then he will mobilise his supporters to take back to the streets.
“Should there be no meaningful engagements we shall mobilise Kenyans again under Article 37. The monopoly of power can only be addressed by Kenyans through a constitutional review to end imperial presidency,” said the Azimio chief.
Azimio co-principal and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, on her part, rubbished claims from a section of Kenya Kwanza lawmakers that the opposition team was merely seeking a piece of the pie.
“Anybody talking of nusu mkate, tell them in Azimio we eat full loafs. Wakifungua server watajua mkate ni ya nani. Tukipata mkate ni yetu tunachukua yote,” she said.
“What is the use of going to elections if we cannot know how people voted? Reforms will be meaningless without first knowing about the server.”
The team of lawmakers now set to spearhead the Azimio negotiations includes;
1. Ledama Ole Kina - Narok Senator
2. Edwin Sifuna - Nairobi Senator
3. Enoch wambua - Kitui Senator
4. Amina Mnyanzi – Malindi MP
5. Millie odhiambo - Suba North MP
6. David Pkosing - Pokot South MP
7. Otiende Amolo – Rarieda MP
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