Both sides should be more sensible

In Summary

• Vehicles were burned in yesterday's demonstrations in Nairobi

• Parliamentary talks between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza are still bogged down over procedural questions

The Azimio demonstrations are becoming increasingly violent, which both sides blame on the other.

Talks are failing to take off in Parliament, although most people favour a negotiated peaceful end to the standoff.

Unfortunately, both Azimio's main demands are undeliverable.

Firstly, the cost of living crisis is present in every country in the world  because of the soaring global prices of fuel and food. Kenya is no different and no government can change that.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga wants to bring back subsidies but they are unaffordable due to the massive increase in public debt under the previous government of Uhuru Kenyatta. Already Moodys is warning that Kenya is at risk of debt default. 

Secondly, the election result is unlikely to be overturned. It was announced by the IEBC and confirmed by the Supreme Court. Raila has not produced hard evidence of rigging (eg falsified Form 34As) and has relied on a dodgy analysis from an anonymous whistleblower.

So let the talks get underway seriously. Let Azimio be more realistic and let Kenya Kwanza offer a feasible deal that would keep Raila happy.

Quote of the day: "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."

Niccolò Machiavelli
The Italian historian and philosopher  was born on May 3, 1469

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