It is emerging that Azimio La Umoja negotiation team leader Kalonzo Musyoka has snubbed a letter by the rival side led by National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah regarding the planned talks.
Ichung’wah had on Friday wrote to Kalonzo demanding that the talks begin on Thursday this week, opposing Kalonzo’s suggestion that they begin today at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.
But it is emerging that the former Vice President and Wiper leader has since snubbed the letter, and had not responded by Sunday evening, proof that the talks will not take place this week.
The Star reports that Kalonzo has also not responded to all the other issues Ichung’wah, the Kenya Kwanza team leader, raised in his letter, which comes as fresh trouble for the peace talks.
“We therefore seek your kind indulgence and propose that we schedule a meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 10am,” the Kikuyu Member of Parliament had said in his letter, after receiving Kalonzo’s.
This is in addition to the already heating issue about the agenda of the talks, with the two sides clashing on what is to be discussed. Kenya Kwanza he completely rejected the cost of living issue.
The President William Ruto-led side has insisted on the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule
Others are the entrenchment of the Constituency Development Fund, establishment and entrenchment of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition and embedment of the Office of Prime Cabinet Secretary.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Azimio, on the other hand, has proposed the cost of living and audit of 2022 polls as what needs to be looked into.
Others are reconstitution of IEBC, inclusivity in national affairs and respect for political parties in line with the Constitution.