The Azimio Coalition on Tuesday announced it has dumped the proposed bi-partisan dialogue in Parliament over what it terms as malice by the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Speaking to the press at the Stephen Kalonzo Mysoka Command Center in Nairobi, the Azimio principals insisted the talks must be extra-parliamentary involving other players outside the National Assembly.
The announcement comes even as House Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah prepared to table a notice of motion on Tuesday. Azimio says Inchung’wah’s motion has failed to accommodate the four thematic areas it proposed.
”Last evening, we learned of a motion drafted by the Kenya Kwanza leadership allegedly aimed at setting up a joint select committee in Parliament. The motion is in absolute bad faith…we have insisted on an extra-parliamentary process in view of the strictures of debate in Parliament. We will therefore not participate in any such parliamentary process,” Wiper leader Kalonzo Muysoka said.
“Our members of Parliament in both Houses shall not be party to any other process and particularly not the one proposed in the motion by Kenya Kwanza,” he added.
Azimio insists on an extra-parliamentary process similar to the 2008 Kofi Annan-mediated National Accord. The coalition also says it will not take part in the parliamentary process because it is disguised as bipartisan, yet neither the team nor the minority leadership was involved.
Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka noted they had instructed Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo to formally invite Kenya Kwanza counterparts for a meeting to set the ground rules for the talks.
“We continue to insist that the dialogue must be about all the four issues namely the cost of unga, fuel and electricity, forensic audit of the servers, bipartisan reconstitution of the IEBC and respect for multiparty democracy,” stated Musyoka.
Azimio Coalition has insisted that it will resume its weekly protests at the end of Ramadhan.