National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah has criticized the Azimio One Kenya Alliance leaders for trying to force the government to implement their manifesto.
Addressing the press on Monday July 31, Ichung’wah said it is the duty of the government to address that concerns the people, including the cost of living.
Further, Ichung’wah said the opposition is mandated to criticize the government and offer alternatives.
“It is not the duty of the opposition to force a government to implement their manifesto, a government is elected to implement its manifesto,” he said.
In addition, Ichung’wah stated that the Kenya Kwanza manifesto won the elections, and the president has a responsibility to actualize the promises he made to Kenyans during campaigns.
“Therefore, you cannot ask the President in your first Finance Act to remove some things and replace it with what the minority want. It has never worked anywhere in the world,” he said.
Additionally, Ichung’wah maintained that the five issues in his statement will form the basis of talks for President William Ruto and Raila Odinga’s talks.
Ichung’wah on Cost of Living
Ichung’wah said there was a consensus between President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga that the cost of living be left out of the talks.
The Majority Leader noted that the 10-member committee was proposed for a specific function to address the five agendas.
“If we were to go by Azimio’s initial statement, were they suggesting that the committee was formed on a blank cheque?” said Ichung’wah.
Ichung’wah on Sharing of Government
Furthermore, Ichung’wah accused the opposition of using the issue of cost of living to mobilize Kenyans to the streets.
The vocal legislator argued that Azimio principals led demonstrations because of other issues other than lowering the cost of living.
“We have made it clear that the people of Kenya made their decision on the ballot in the last General Election, and we will not discuss anything to do with sharing of positions,” he said.
Ichung’wah gave example of the remarks by former Agriculture CS Peter Munya on inclusivity which he says means sharing of government.
“Why does Azimio want to help Kenya Kwanza solve their problems, the people of Kenya will judge the government on the ballot in 2027.
If we fail to deal with the cost of living, it is not for the opposition to help us,” he said.
Also, he said the Kenya Kwanza government has a good plan and will fix the mess left by former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga during the handshake regime.