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Kalonzo says that opposition could go back to demos

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 15:00 | By
Kalonzo Musyoka
Kalonzo Musyoka and other Azimio leaders addressing the media. PHOTO/@skmusyoka/X.

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has warned that the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party could be forced to go back to the streets if the government fails to listen to Kenyans.

Among the issues that Kalonzo wants addressed include the rising cost of living, the fake fertilizer scam and the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report, which he says is being watered down.

Kalonzo has also faulted the government side for sparing Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi in the fake fertiliser scandal.

"Earlier today I opened the Azimio Legislative Workshop "Strengthening Opposition Strategy" on behalf of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition. Speaking to legislators present, I said that revolutions sometimes begin in the street and sometimes in quiet places," Kalonzo said in a statement on X.

"If Kenya Kwanza regime continues with aggression against the Kenyan people including rising cost of living, letting Agriculture and Livestock Development Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi off the hook for the Fake Fertilizer Scam, attempts to water down the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) Report, then Article 37 gives Kenyans the right to go back to the streets, in the best interests of the people."

This comes amid revelations that some clauses in the NADCO report had been changed, forcing Senate Speaker Amason Kingi to stop a House committee from considering four bills that were negotiated in the National Dialogue Committee.

Senate Minority leader Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi) raised concern with the Senate Business Committee (SBC), notifying it that the bills introduced are not in sync with what was agreed on in the NADCO report.

“I received a letter from the Senate Minority Leader, expressing concern as to the content of the following Bills the Elections Offences (Amendment) Bill, the Elections (Amendment) Bill, the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill,” said Kingi.

He went on: “Given the gravity of this matter, the Senate Business Committee (SBC) deliberated on the matter and resolved that corrective measures be taken as a matter of urgency in line with what had been agreed upon in the Report of the National Dialogue Committee.”

In his communication on the floor of the House, Kingi directed that further consideration of the three aforementioned Bills be ceased in order to facilitate the corrective measures.

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