The Chairperson of the Azimio Coalition bipartisan talks committee MP Otiende Amollo has asked the Kenya Kwanza side to replace Eldas MP Aden Keynan, who is a member of the Jubilee Party saying his inclusion in the talks as a member of the Kenya Kwanza negotiating team was in bad faith considering Jubilee Party is part of the Azimio Coalition.
”We note that our counterparts have named Hon. Adan Keynan as part of their team. Hon Keynan is a member of Azimio. The issue of Party discipline is one of the four cardinal issues on the table and his inclusion is in bad faith and intended to delay the process. We, therefore, request that he be replaced,” Otiende Amollo said in a statement on Thursday morning after holding a breakfast meeting with the Azimio team to prepare for the onset of the talks.
The lawmaker expressed his gratitude to the Azimio coalition leadership for picking them to represent the coalition and its supporters in the talks expected to solve the current political and economic crisis in the country.
”We individually and collectively thank our Principals and Colleagues in the Coalition for the great honor bestowed upon us and assure the coalition and our supporters and the general public that we will do our very best to ensure we achieve the set goals,” the Rarieda MP noted.
He continued: ”We reiterate the commitment by the coalition and this team to an honest, open, and genuine dialogue that will result in meaningful change in the lives of the people of Kenya. We will give every effort to find answers to the four main issues as framed by the Coalition namely; a reduction in the Cost of Unga, Electricity, and fuel, forensic audit of the IEBC servers, bipartisan reconstitution of the IEBC and respect for democracy and party discipline.”
The team has appointed Prof. Maku Mutua and Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni as the Azimio coalition assisting counsels in the talks while lawyer Paul Mwangi was appointed as the joint secretary.