The ruling Kenya Kwanza party has unveiled a 5-member team to engage with the Azimio la Umoja coalition in a bid to resolve the political impasse between the government and the opposition.
Kenya Kwanza said in a statement on Tuesday that Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah would lead its team, which would also include Leader of Majority of the Senate, Aaron Cheruiyot, Governor Cecily Mbarire, Hassan Omar and Catherine Wambilianga.
The Kenya Kwanza team also listed five agenda items that they intend to discuss with the Azimio coalition, including the reconstitution of the IEBC and the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule.,entrenchment of the CDF and the embedding of the Prime Cabinet Secretary’s office.
In the same statement, the Kenya Kwanza team stated that there would be no discussion of any kind on ‘hand shake’ or ‘Nusu Mkate’.
The unveiling of the Kimani Ichungwah-led team has now set the stage for talks between the Kenya Kwanza government and the opposition.
Kimani Ichung’wah also faulted the Azimio team for allegedly disregarding Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo’s request not to be mentioned in any public statement. He thus argued that the opposition lacked decency.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition named five members to its delegation on Monday. The delegation will be led by Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and will include Minority Party Leader Opiyo Wandayi and DAP Party Leader Eugene Wamalwa Others include Nyamira Senator Okon’go Omogeni and Malindi MP Amina Mnyazi.
The high cost of living, a review of the 2022 General Election, and the bipartisan reorganization of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) are some of the issues the Azimio delegation plans to bring up.
Other issues include respect for political parties in accordance with the constitution and inclusivity in governmental affairs.