As Azimio Leade Raila Odinga makes new demands to the Bi-Partisan talks, The United Democratic Alliance party did not go quiet as they accused Raila of an attempt to frustrate the proposed dialogue with the Kenya Kwanza Party after he made new demands.
On Tuesday Azimio Leader said that President William Ruto’s proposal for a parliamentary approach to address the issues raised by the party in their protests “may not serve its intended purpose.”
In a statement, Raila sated that Azimio leadership wants to have a conversation at the national level through a process similar to the 2008 National Accord, which was brokered by Koffi Annan following the disputed 2007 presidential election results.
Faults With Demands
However, his demands were found with faults, as UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala said Raila’s remarks had confirmed the party’s worst fear that the recent demonstrations pushing for the electoral and economics reforms were not genuine “but a blatant thirst and hungry for power through the back door.”
“In mking these unreasonable demands, Raila Odinga demonstrated his intention to hold the Bipartisan Parliamentary Process as suggested by the President at ransom,” Malala said.
Malala said that Raila should not “mistake President Ruto’s olive branch in this holy month as aa sign of cowardice,” adding that UDA party “will not accept any process that is outside the the purview of the constitution or offends the law established.”
“We call upon Hon. Raila Odinga to recognize that there is a legitimate government in Kenya delivering the promises made to the electorate and implementing its pre-election agenda,’ Malala said.
“Formation of anybody , not legally recognized by the constitution or statute law amounts to living in utopia and broad daylight hallucination ,”he added.
Raila found fault with Ruto for ignoring some of Azimio’s demands in his statement when he suggested the formation of a bipartisan parliamentary committee to look into the oppositions concern on the reconstitution of the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC).
He has also asked The President to lower the high cost of living.
Raila further said that the government should dismiss hospital bills for the people injured during the demonstrations.
He waned that if the party’s demands were not they would resume protests that were paused on Sunday.