HomePolitics⚡Bipartisan Talks Enter Crucial Week as Azimio la Umoja Postpones Demonstrations

⚡Bipartisan Talks Enter Crucial Week as Azimio la Umoja Postpones Demonstrations

The bipartisan talks between representatives of President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga are entering a crucial week. The opposition party, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition, has postponed its demonstrations to await the return of its principal from the United Arab Emirates.

However, Mr. Odinga has called out Catholic Church leaders for downplaying his demand for the opening of the August 2022 election servers, which he says is central to his agitation and should be supported by all.

The opposition claims that the possibility of resuming protests on Thursday is still on the table if Eldas MP Adan Keynan is not removed from the government side of the negotiating team. Dr. Ruto is keen to stall the demonstrations and confine the talks to Parliament while Mr. Odinga is urging an extra-parliamentary process.

The two teams chaired by Tharaka MP George Murugara and Rarieda’s Otiende Amollo will resume engagement on Tuesday. Azimio la Umoja One Kenya has said that the talks were to be concluded within 30 days. If the issue of opening the server is not addressed by the end of this period, they will resume their demonstrations.

On the other hand, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, which represents President Ruto, called for Pokot South MP David Pkosing to be removed from the negotiating team, arguing that he is on Dr. Ruto’s side after his Kenya Union Party leader, former West Pokot governor John Lonyangapuo, ditched the opposition.

The bipartisan committee is expected to come up with reforms to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). However, the two sides are still divided on whether the reforms should take place through Parliament or an extra-parliamentary process.

Mr. Odinga has maintained that the coalition’s stance for anti-government protests is peaceful and dismissed the labelling of the marches as violent, unconstitutional, and uncalled for by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). He accused the government of unleashing police and goons on protesters.

The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Chief defended the call for an audit of IEBC servers, saying that it is guided by a core doctrine of Christianity, which is a belief in the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The bipartisan talks are crucial for Kenya as the country prepares for its next general election in August 2022. The country has a history of election violence, and it is crucial that the political leaders find a way to resolve their differences peacefully.

The talks are also crucial for the country’s democracy, and it is essential that the government and opposition parties find a way to work together for the betterment of the country.

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