Azimio la Umoja leaders have threatened to pull out of the National Dialogue Committee if the issue of lowering the high cost of living is not addressed.
Speaking during a church service in Kajiado on Sunday, October22, Azimio leaders criticized the Kenya Kwanza team for not taking the issue of lowering the cost of living seriously.
“We have one week to finish the work of the talks and I want to assure you, and my leader will assure you that without dealing with lowering the cost of living there will be no deal,” said DAP-Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa.
At the same time, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua accused the Kenya Kwanza team of lacking sincerity in the talks.
Karua said Azimio is not going to be part of the bipartisan talks report if the committee fails to deliberate on how the government should lower the high cost of living.
“The cost of living must be addressed, and electoral justice must be addressed,” said Martha Karua.
“We have more than 90 days, the talks cannot be concluded without sincerity of the Kenya Kwanza side,” she added.
On the other hand, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka noted that the talks would achieve its objectives if its done in good faith and transparency.
“The dialogue must be done in good faith, but we’ve noticed there are some people who are not sincere in the whole process,” said Kalonzo.
The issues are raised at a time when the national dialogue committee members are expected to meet in Naivasha starting on Monday October 23 to write a report.
However, an impending crisis looms as the Raila led opposition team levels accusations of insincerity against President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza.
At the same time, Azimio leaders condemned the demolitions of houses, schools and churches on the East African Portland cement land in Machakos County.
According to the opposition leaders, the demolitions were being carried out in an inhumane manner.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga regretted that it was so unfortunate for the government to sanction such demolitions without giving enough notice to affected residents.