Raila to chair crucial Azimio MPs meeting over Dialogue report

All eyes are on Raila after Ruto endorsed the Bipartisan committee report.

In Summary
  • Raila will be seeking a common position from his colleages after days of shar criticism of the report.
  • President Ruto has already endorsed the report with his camp comfortable with its contents.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks during a rally in Kisumu after launching an ODM recruitment exercise on Monday, November 27, 2023.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks during a rally in Kisumu after launching an ODM recruitment exercise on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Opposition chief Raila Odinga will on Wednesday chair a crucial parliamentary group meeting for all MPs allied to his Azimio coalition.

Top Azimio luminaries will also attend the meeting at Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka's SKM center.

The session comes days after the release of the Bipartisan Talks report whose contents triggered a political storm and threatened to shudder the opposition.

The report made radical legislative proposals to accommodate the leader of the official opposition and two deputies in Parliament.

The report also proposed that the law be amended to establish the office of the Prime Minister.

With the recommendations having triggered sharp differences within the opposition ranks, Raila will be keen for a common position.

The report is expected to be tabled in parliament once cleared by Raila and President William Ruto.

Already, a section of politicians within the opposition ranks and file have protested the report's contents and termed it underwhelming.

Today's meeting had been brought forward from Thursday following reports of widening cracks in the opposition over the report's contents.

On Tuesday, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, who was also part of Azimio's technical team, poured cold water on the proposals.

He warned that the committee deviated from its original agenda of addressing the cost of living as the most pressing issue and instead concentrated on sharing posts.

"The discussions fell short of our expectations. Kenyans were killed not because of government positions, but due to the soaring cost of living," he said.

He spoke after a meeting with a section of leaders of the Nairobi Business Community at the Jubilee party headquarters.

Raila's Wednesday meeting is expected to rally MPs to take a common position on the report's proposals to avert an implosion in Azimio.

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, DAP-K party leader Eugene Wamalwa have also distanced themselves from the report.

Wamalwa has insisted that he will not append his signature despite being a member of the Bomas team.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the chairperson of the Azimio Council is said to have expressed reservations over the handling of the cost of living item.

Some Azimio leaders had said that Western envoys who pushed for the Bomas talks to end the country's political standoff are keen on adopting the report.

After President Ruto endorsed the report, all eyes are on Raila as he chairs the parliamentary group meeting.

On Sunday, Raila said he had received the report but was yet to read it and make his comments as he moved to moderate sharp criticism of the report.

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