The Kenya Kwanza bipartisan talks team has insisted that that the talks are still on despite Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s withdrawal.
Led by the joint committee co-chair George Muragara, the Kenya Kwanza faction presented itself for the talks at Bomas of Kenya and accused Azimio of suspending the talks without providing a formal letter.
“They have not written to us to say they are not coming back; they have not invoked any of the remaining clauses to tell us that they are not coming back… we are going to wait for them for a reasonable amount of time,” Murugara said while addressing the press.
Murugara noted that here is a framework agreement outlining how either of the two teams can withdraw from the talks.
“That is what binds us, and not what it said in barazas… they invoked a clause in the agreement to suspend the talks, but there are other clauses which provide how parties can exit talks,” he said.
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The Kenya Kwanza team stated that the IEBC selection team should continue with the recruitment process because the commission has a lot at stake, including the boundary review.
Nonetheless, Azimio Coalition leaders while speaking during a public rally in Kamukunji Grounds last week said they will not take part in the bi-partisan talks after the Finance Bill 2023 was passed.
“Having imposed on us the punitive taxation measures contained in the Finance Act 2023, in complete disregard of our views, we declare an end to the talks to which we had sent our delegation in the hope that Kenya Kwanza will show interest in resolving the pro-people issues including the cost of living. It is time for action,” reads part of the resolutions read out by Former Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.