Kenya: Talks Stall Again as Ruto’s Side Refuses ‘Extra-Legal’ Demands By Odinga’s Camp

Nairobi — The bipartisan talks between the Azimio and Kenya Kwanza teams have hit a snag against over a contest on fresh demands by the opposition side.

The bipartisan committee co-chair George Murugara (Tharaka MP), lifted the veil on infighting on Wednesday terming Azimio’s demands as extra-legal signaling a fresh stalemate.

The contest was triggered over Murugara’s hesitation to co-sign a joint letter ostensibly giving directives to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Kenya Kwanza Alliance termed the move by Otiende Amollo-led side as a gross violation of the constitution.

“We do recognize IEBC just like other independent bodies such as Judiciary and other independent bodies. They are not subject to orders and direction from other bodies,” Murugara noted.

“It is therefore came to us as a surprise that our colleagues want us to participate in fundamental violation of the constitution,” he affirmed.

IEBC demands

The communication came hours after Amollo announced the indefinite suspension of talks after the contest on the letters.

Azimio Coalition sought to compel IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan to provide information regarding the 2022 presidential election servers, and the data contained therein.

“In the circumstances, it is our considered opinion that the appropriate action is to adjourn the talks sine die, in accordance with Clause 36 of the framework Agreement, which we hereby invoke,” said Amollo.