President William Ruto’s statement on Sunday, in which he encouraged the former premier to end the widespread anti-government protests, didn’t adequately reflect the aspirations of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition, according to opposition leader Raila Odinga.
President Ruto did not mention how his government intended to address the high cost of living in the nation in his statement on Sunday, but he did call for bipartisan discussion on the reorganization of the Independent Election and Boundary Commission (IEBC) in Parliament.
During a meeting of Azimio’s hierarchy on Tuesday, Odinga made a statement in Nairobi in which he stated that he wanted President Ruto’s administration to prioritize addressing the nation’s exorbitant food, petrol, and electricity prices.
The leader of Azimio emphasized that President Ruto’s suggestion to have the aforementioned bipartisan engagement in Parliament might not achieve its intended goal. He added that Azimio wants to have a national conversation through a procedure similar to the 2008 National Accord, which was mediated by Koffi Annan.
He continued by saying that the State must also cover the costs of treating people who were hurt or died during the anti-government demonstrations.
Similarly, Odinga denied reports that he met with President Ruto to make an accord, insisting that the administration was the one that contacted him (Odinga).
The former premier also laughed at claims that he was simply organizing the twice-weekly Azimio protests in an effort to reach a political understanding with President William Ruto.