'Kenya Kwanza, Azimio bi-partisan talks must work for Kenya's sake,' Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o

Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o addressing journalists on September 21, 2023.

Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o has declared his endorsement of the ongoing bipartisan talks between the ruling Kenya Kwanza government and the Raila Odinga-led Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance.

This comes amid reports that negotiations between the two opposing factions are making little to no progress.

Speaking in Kisumu on Thursday, Nyong'o acknowledged that the opposition-led demonstrations were essential to bringing the struggles of Kenyans to the global stage but now that Kenya Kwanza and Azimio have agreed to a temporary ceasefire the parties must ensure the talks succeed in order to restore normalcy to Kenya.

"We are aware that the talks have been facing some challenges, ostensibly on the constitution of the IEBC among other issues. As one of the governors whose county bore the brunt of the protest including deaths, we support the dialogue and we would like it to continue to a successful conclusion," said Nyong'o.

"We also appeal to the negotiators and our leaders to give the talks a chance to help resolve issues that resulted in the demos."

While reassuring Odinga of his unwavering support, Nyong'o added that as a united populace, Kenyans must combat self-interests and tendencies towards chauvinism.

"We assure our party leader that as the leadership of Kisumu County we support his decision to engage in dialogue and ask him to count on our support. We believe that no Kenyan citizen has to endure sub-human living conditions," he said.

"Every Kenyan must have adequate food, decent shelter, clothing, adequate health, security and gainful employment. It is your right to enjoy minimum standards of human existence. The satisfaction of basic needs is a human right at par with the right to life."


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