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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Azimio La Umoja Coalition has protested what it terms a “one-sided” statement issued by its Kenya Kwanza counterpart on the agenda of their proposed meeting following President William Ruto and Raila Odinga’s meeting in Mombasa.

The Opposition coalition is particularly concerned that Kenya Kwanza did not include the cost of living, electoral reforms and police brutality among others as part of the agenda for proposed talks between the two coalitions to resolve political differences.

Soon after the meeting said to have been held in Mombasa and mediated by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Odinga’s team was the first to issue a statement outlining the agenda for the agreed talks.

The statement was signed by Azimio Minority Leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi.

But shortly after, Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah issued a joint statement that only had his signature, outlining the agenda for the agreed talks once a 10-man team is formed.

“The committee shall be seized with 5 issues; reconstitution of IEBC, implementation of 2/3 gender rule, the entrenchment of Constituency Development Fund, Establishment and the entrenchment of Office of the Leader of the Opposition and embedment of the Office of Prime Cabinet Secretary,” the joint statement states.

But Raila’s Azimio insists that the terms of engagement in the joint statement were the views of their Kenya Kwanza counterparts.

“Azimio has taken note of the one-sided statement released by the majority leader of the National Assembly on behalf of the Kenya Kwanza regime. It should be noted that in our statement that was released before KK’s, Azimio is yet to table its substantive issues,” the Opposition coalition said in a statement posted on Twiter which is rebranding to “X”

Azimio is particularly concerned that Kenya Kwanza did not include all the issues agreed by Ruto and Odinga to form part of the talks, including the high cost of living that led to protests in the country this month leading to deaths of 50 people as stated by Azimio even though official records place the number at 20.

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“As Azimio, we reaffirm that our four-point agenda remains the same; Cost of living, Electoral audit and reforms, non-interference in coalitions and their constituent parties and finally accountability and probe into police brutality that has claimed dozens of innocent lives,” the Opposition coalition said.

Azimio is also protesting the implementation of the Finance Act 2023, which they argue will make life unbearable for a majority of Kenyans at a time when the cost of living is snowballing.

The matter is pending in the Appeals Court that lifted a conservatory order by the High Court last week, effectively kickstarting its implementation.

This followed an appeal filed by the government, through the National Treasury, against an order obtained by Senator Okiya Omtatah and other activists who are challenging its implementation, arguing it will make life unbearable for most Kenyans.





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