Monday, April 24, 2023 –Azimio la Umoja Executive Council chairman, Wycliffe Oparanya, has poked holes in the bipartisan talks and questioned President William Ruto’s sincerity with the whole exercise.
Speaking on when Azimio will probably be resuming their street demonstrations against the government, Oparanya said the talks between the factions were to end within 30 days but the way things stand, this may take long due to delays from government side.
“The talks were to be concluded within 30 days. By then, they should have addressed the issue of opening the server, which will tell who won the election. If we won, we proceed to form the government,” Oparanya pointed out with an assurance that their protests would resume on Thursday, May 4, should the talks stall.
His words were also echoed by Jubilee Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni, who affirmed that the demonstrations would be resuming after their boss Raila Odinga returns from Dubai.
“We will continue the town hall meetings next week. When Raila is back, we will release a schedule for the demonstrations.
“These people are misleading Kenyans that the country is broke and can’t pay civil servants. They want the country to collapse,” he stated.
Azimio has been pushing for a process akin to the 2008 National Accord, which saw Raila and President (Rtd) Mwai Kibaki share power in the Grand Coalition arrangement. Kalonzo Musyoka was then deputy president.
Kenya-Kwanza administration, however, countered the narrative, affirming that bipartisan talks would strictly be done in Parliament according to the dictates of the Constitution.
It also ruled out a possibility of any handshake with the opposition.