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Azimio declines Kenya Kwanza’s invitation for cross-partisan discussions

Azimio declines Kenya Kwanza’s invitation for cross-partisan discussion.

In Summary

  • Interestingly, despite President William Ruto’s requests to halt the widespread protests, Azimio has scheduled them for the same day the following week.
  • George Murugara, the chair of the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the leader of the Kenya Kwanza team in the negotiations, had requested the meeting to resolve any unresolved issues.

Azimio declined to attend a meeting called by Kenya Kwanza and the Parliamentary leadership to discuss restarting the broken-down bipartisan negotiations.

Raila Odinga’s camp stated they would not be prepared for the May 2 meeting during a back-and-forth between the two camps.

Interestingly, despite President William Ruto’s requests to halt the widespread protests, Azimio has scheduled them for the same day the following week.

George Murugara, the chair of the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and a member of the Kenya Kwanza team in the negotiations, had requested the meeting to resolve any thorny issues.

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On Friday night, Murugara’s Azimio counterpart Otiende Amollo replied to him and declined the meeting.

As communicated in our meeting on April 23, our team is not available for any discussion until and unless there is a communication of withdrawal or/and replacement of Adan Keynan as a member of the Kenya Kwanza team,” Amollo wrote.

“Given the above, I advise that I shall not be available for the proposed meeting.”

Murugara had written to Amollo asking for a meeting between himself, Amollo and the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the National Assembly next Tuesday.

I wish to invite you and the House leadership of your coalition to a meeting to be held on May 2, at 1 pm which we will attend as co-chairpersons together with the House leadership,” Murugara said on Friday.

The composition of the teams representing each side in the negotiations was not agreed upon during the same meeting last week, and no progress was made.

Murugara stated they were willing to remove Keynan, but they also requested that Azimio recall Pokot South MP David Pkosing.

According to Kenya Kwanza, the decision was made to break the deadlock over the makeup of the committee in order to advance the negotiations.

To show our dedication to the single, peaceful, nonpartisan process, Murugara stated,

“We are prepared to have Hon. Keynan withdraw from the process if the topic they feel conflicts with Keynan would be included in the TOR of the formal process.

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