National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung’wa have dared the opposition to resume protests If the bipartisan talks flop.
Ichunguwa has emphasized that the government will not be coerced by Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s Blackmail, indicating that bi-partisan talks are geared towards eliminating chaos that has in the past destabilized the economy.
Ichung’wah, who is in charge of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance delegation in the negotiations, has warned that they would leave the table at the slightest hint of blackmail from the Odinga side.
“If you have a predetermined outcome of what you want out of the talks, things will not work out like that, my brother,
“If you want to go back to protests, go back tomorrow, and you will meet with those tasked to deal with demonstrations,” he said.
Pledging his commitment to the discussions, hoping they will solve a number of the country’s problems and reduce bloodshed. Ichungw’ah underlined that the practice of using blackmail for political benefit in the nation will be outdated.
“We shall engage with you and your people only if you do not blackmail the people of Kenyans using violence. If you have a pre-determined outcome things will not work out that way,” he said.
The majority leader has called upon President William Ruto to remain focused on delivering his promises to Kenyans and not be distracted by the side shows of the opposition.
His Sentiment comes a day after Azimio Leader Raila Odinga hinted at the resumption of demonstrations if the Bipartisan talks fail to bear fruit.
“Let Kalonzo and Ichung’wah talk first. We have given them a few days, but if they play around, I will call you (Kenyans) back to the streets,” Raila said while attending a church event in Kajiado County.
Ichung’wa has accused the opposition team which is led by Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka of being focused on demonstration rather than farming which is key in reducing the cost of living.
Besides the cost of living, the opposition wants the re-establishment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the opening of IEBC servers to be discussed.
The government side proposed the embedment of the office of the Prime Minister and the creation of the official office of the opposition leader.
At the end of August, Both teams led by Kimani Ichungwa and Kalonzo Musyoka will convene to review the agenda document that will steer the course of the talks.