Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition has disowned a joint statement released and signed by National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah.
According to the coalition, the statement is one-sided and Azimio had no part in it.
The Raila Odinga-led coalition stated that contents of the Kenya Kwanza statement only reflected their wish list.
As such in a statement on Sunday, July 30 evening, the opposition clarified several issues.
For starters, Azimio said they remain committed to dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the social, economic, and political problems in the country.
In addition, they said they approve the meeting with the ruling Kenya Kwanza government under the facilitation of Olusegun Obasanjo.
The opposition also claims Kenya Kwanza is trying to deny Obasanjo’s presence and leadership of the talks.
“That would be a very unfortunate development indeed. It points to Kenya Kwanza now institutionalizing the culture of deceit and taking it to the global stage.” Peter Munya noted this while reading Azimio’s official statement.
“They denied to presence of President Suluhu here a few weeks ago and now they want to deny the presence of Obasanjo.” He added.
Azimio said they are committed to dialogue with Kenya Kwanza for a speedy and sustainable resolution to the country’s problems, adding that their issues of concern haven’t changed.
“Our priority for discussion is the escalating cost of living which has only got worse with the lifting of the conservatory order on 2023 Finance Act last week.” Munya stated.
- Lowering the cost of living.
- Repeal of the Finance Act 2023
- Audit of 2022 elections and the bipartisan reconstitution of IEBC
- Accountability and responsibility for the brutality and abuse of human rights of protestors
Likewise, Azimio wants Kenya Kwanza to disown efforts to turn Kenya into a private company that hires only those who voted for the regime.
“We remind Kenya Kwanza that the declaration by Rigathi Gachagua that Kenya is a private company, which has never been disowned by Mr. Willam Ruto isolates, marginalizes, and treat several communities and regions in Kenya as second-class citizens.” Reads the statement in part.
Nonetheless, Azimio vowed to respect Kenya Kwanza’s right to bring all its issues to the table as well.