Thursday, April 20, 2023 –The groups allied to both the government and opposition in readiness for the bipartisan talks have today met at Panafric Hotel to start laying ground for the intensive exercise.
This is after the teams struck what has been called ‘the last-minute deal’ to finally agree on acceptable modalities.
Their inaugural meeting of the bipartisan joint committee started today Thursday April 20 morning with Aaron Cheruiyot and Majority leader in the National Assembly Kimani Ichungwa’h hosting a section of Azimio politician early today.
“Had an early morning session with colleague leaders from Minority side in parliament to kick-start the Bipartisan process. In the end, we shall find common ground for a prosperous nation. Godspeed to Co chairs @OAmollo and Hon Gitonga Murugara,” Senator Cheruiyot updated.
In a report by Nation.Africa, the two teams had settled on the venue(Panafric Hotel) as a neutral ground. The leadership will, however, meet first to resolve disputes on the composition of the committee, especially the inclusion of Azimio-affiliated Jubilee Party’s Adan Keynan as a representative of the ruling coalition.
After this meeting, all the 14 members will get together for “familiarisation [and to work] on the framework of the talks as well as to discuss how to conduct the dialogue,” said Mr Otiende Amollo, who is leading the Azimio wing in the negotiations.
“The neutral ground was agreed upon today to avert the push and pull that had begun with each team planning their own meetings,” Lawyer Otiende said.
Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, a member of the ruling Kenya Kwanza Alliance team, confirmed the Panafric talks, terming them a familiarisation meeting so that members know each other as some are still new.
Aaron Cheruiyot reminded the opposition that both the street demos and peace talks cannot go together saying at least the opposition should believe in something for the exercise to succeed.