Azimio Leader Raila Odinga and President William Ruto
Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has disclosed that Azimio has suspended bipartisan talks citing several issues including the alleged Ruto's involvement in the Jubilee party.
On Tuesday, the Nairobi Senator revealed that the Azimio La Umoja coalition failed to convince the Kenya Kwanza team on various issues that they were to discuss. Sifuna noted that the bipartisan talks failed to reach an agreement on three pressing issues including the cost of Unga, the opening of the servers and suspension of IEBC reconstitution. He added that the Azimio team held the issues dearly in order to establish a better outcome.
"We have had to suspend the Bipartisan dialogue after we could not persuade our friends from Kenya Kwanza to concede to some common sense interim measures," he said.
Azimio and Kenya Kwanza had agreed to front their delegates to help address issues fronted by the opposition side. The Azimio team prioritised the issue of the reconstitution of the electoral commission among its top agendas. To address electoral reforms among other issues, the bipartisan team was narrowed down to a sub-committee of six members.
The new push for Jubilee to be left alone came amid leadership wrangles within the former ruling party. On Tuesday, the Registrar of Political Parties validated the expulsion of Jubilee SG Jeremiah Kioni, Vice Chair David Murathe and Treasurer Kagwe Gichohi. However, on Monday the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) extended orders barring Kega's wing from taking over the party leadership.