Azimio leaders back to the streets

As a result of Kenya Kwanza's alleged unwillingness to be open, the Azimio la Umoja coalition has declared that it would not take part in any legislative proceedings about the bipartisan negotiations.

On Tuesday, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka made the following statement to the press on their behalf: "We now want out of the parliament talks because Kenya Kwanza has shown no intention to hold sincere dialogues."

This choice, Kalonzo said, was made in response to learning about a resolution Kenya Kwanza had authored that was "allegedly intended to establish a joint committee of choice in Parliament."

He continued by saying that it was written in "absolute bad faith" and that they weren't consulted when it was written.

"The resolution proposes to name members of the Minority Party to the so-called chosen committee without any acknowledgement of the Minority leadership, in contravention of the rules and regulations of both houses," he stated.

"It attempts to define the parameters and range of the debates without mentioning us," he continued. "No member of our parliament from either house may participate in any other procedure, especially the one outlined in Kenya Kwanza's motion."

"We continue to be dedicated to an additional-parliamentary conversation that is important, open, honest, and conceived and carried out by both parties."

Kalonzo continued by saying that the coalition's leadership has decided to participate in an extra-parliamentary procedure and that they cannot allow the Kenya Kwanza camp to decide which proposals they bring to the table.

He emphasised that Azimio will maintain its expectations, and he said that they would not let the conversation go off course from dealing with the pertinent problems.

"Our challenges stay in line with what we declared before, and they are a decrease in the cost of UNGA, fuel, electricity, and school fees; an opening and audit of IEBC servers; bipartisan transformation and constitution of IEBC; reemployment of the four IEBC commissioners; and an end to the buying of MPs, which jeopardises multiple perspectives on democracy," said Kalonzo.

The Wiper leader continued by saying that Kenya Kwanza has been acting in bad faith from the inception of the bipartisan discussions and that they'll be starting up their weekly demonstrations soon after Ramadan is over.

"After Ramadan, the coalition will begin its weekly demonstrations, Monday-Thursday, and further information in this respect will proceed," he said.

Azimio has given its chairman, Otiendo Omollo, instructions to "formally invite the Kenya Kwanza conference for a gathering to set the framework for the (extra-parliamentary) talks" in the interim.


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