Bipartisan talks: Sifuna, Olekina, Millie Odhiambo to lead Azimio's agenda

Azimio-One Kenya leadership led by Raila Odinga set their terms and conditions for the bipartisan talks. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition has settled on a seven-member team to lead negotiations in the bipartisan parliamentary talks.

Three Senators and four Members of Parliament (MP) namely: Senators Ledama Olekina (Narok), Edwin Sifuna (Nairobi), Enoch Wambua (Kitui), and MPs David Kosing (Pokot South), Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Millie Odhiambo (Suba North), and Amina Mnyanzi (Malindi) will meet the Kenya Kwanza team to deliberate on negotiations.

Azimio co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka, on Thursday, April 6, reiterated that the coalition remains open to genuine, honest, and transparent dialogue, but not without its demands.

Azimio wants the President William Ruto-led Kenya Kwanza Alliance to first solve four 'burning' issues before both parties can dialogue.

According to Musyoka, the Kenya Kwanza must “bring the cost of unga down to not more than Sh100/2KG packet, reduce the cost of fuel and electricity and see the immediate reduction in school fees.”

“When this happens, the Azimio team will be ready to begin the conversation as soon as Kenya Kwanza complies with the resolutions above,” Musyoka noted.

Earlier, the coalition also set various terms it wants met including conducting a forensic review of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers, review the process of appointing and dismissing IEBC commissioners, recommend legal policies to strengthen Kenya’s electoral system that would guarantee free and fair elections and resolve to have disloyal MPs quitting their seats in order to seek fresh election.

“Kenya Kwanza implored us to give dialogue a chance. In this context, we agreed to call off the protests,” said Raila Odinga on Thursday at Stoni Athi Resort in Machakos County during Azimio’s Parliamentary Group meeting.

Narc-K party leader Martha Karua stated that their demands do not mean they want half the government, but to allow people outside Parliament to be part of the talks.