A section of leaders from Kenya Kwanza outfit have reacted to the demands by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition dialogue team seeking to have the dialogue begin on Monday, August 7.
While responding to the letter on twitter, National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah noted that they need to find a mutually agreeable date, time and venue for the talks.
“As Agreed, we will consult over a cup of tea to find a mutually agreeable date, time and Venue” Ichung’wah wrote in a tweet.
Moreover, Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot criticized the move by Kalonzo to write a letter to Kimani Ichung’wah arguing that it was unnecessary.
According to Senator Cheruiyot, Kalonzo could make a phone call to the Kenya Kwanza dialogue team leader and settle on such preliminary issues.
“I know for a fact that Hon Kalonzo has ML Ichungwa’s number. What is it with long letters again? How difficult is it to then call up and agree on preliminary issues such as time and venue of the first meeting? Let’s be serious kidogo.” The Senator wrote in tweet.
These reactions came after Azimio dialogue team leader Kalonzo Musyoka demanded that the talks commence on Monday, August 7 and end by the close of the month.
Azimio’s Letter to Kenya Kwanza
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya dialogue team headed by Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka have invited the Kenya Kwanza dialogue team to begin the talks on Monday, August 7 at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.
Through a letter dated August 3, 2023 addressed to Majority leader of the National Assembly who is also the Kenya Kwanza dialogue team leader Kimani Ichung’wah, Kalonzo explained that the talks should begin because of the urgent nature of issues and need for speedy resolution.
“In light of the urgency of the issues, the anxiety of our people and in the interest of a speedy resolution to the issues afflicting our nation, we today extend an invitation to the Kenya Kwanza National Dialogue Team, the Leader of the Majority Party in the National Assembly, and the designated leader of the Kenya Kwanza delegation for the initial joint meeting of both parties at the Serena Hotel Nairobi, on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 11 am.” The letter reads in part.
Moreover, Kalonzo stressed on the timely resolutions of issues affecting the country while also admitting that a lot of hard work will be needed to achieve success.
“We have taken this step became we believe time is of the essence: While a lot of hand work will be needed to resolve the issue at hand, we believe a speedy start and a time bound program is necessary
to put the nation at ease.” He stated.
Likewise, Kalonzo expressed Azimio expectations that the process ends by close of August.
He further added that it is possible to re-unite Kenyans before September 1 if all concerned parties show courage and commitment.
While reaffirming Azimio’s commitment to the dialogues, Kalonzo noted that they intend to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the country’s problems through the planned dialogue.