The bipartisan team known as Kenya Kwanza has expressed its desire for the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) selection panel to proceed with the recruitment of commissioners if the Azimio team fails to attend an upcoming meeting.
The Co-chair of the committee, George Murugara, mentioned that they have reached out to the Azimio team requesting them to resume talks on Tuesday, following a one-month break caused by a busy Parliament schedule.
Murugara added that the committee made the decision to prioritize important parliamentary affairs, such as the controversial Finance Bill, which has already been signed into law by President William Ruto.
Murugara emphasized that the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is the main priority on the agenda. He mentioned that an invitation has been extended to the Azimio team to participate in the meeting.
However, in the event that they decline to attend, the seven-member selection panel that has already been sworn into office will proceed with carrying out their responsibilities.
“Should Azimio fail to show up then we will let the Constitution take its course on the IEBC issues, remember we already have a pending selection panel waiting for the decision of this team,” he said.
The co-chair of the committee emphasized the urgency of reconstituting the IEBC due to the existence of pending by-elections. He expressed concern that the nation should not be subjected to delays or uncertainties regarding the reconstitution process of the IEBC. He stated, “The country cannot be held at ransom in regards to the reconstitution of IEBC,” emphasizing the need to swiftly address this matter to ensure the smooth functioning of electoral processes.
Azimio on Tuesday, June 27, announced that they were not interested in the talks.
“You were the ones who told us to have a bipartisan approach. Our number one resolution is that time for talks is over,” said DAP-K leader Eugene Wamalwa.
Contrarily, the committee co-chair, along with Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, mentioned that Kenya Kwanza had not made any attempts to reach out to them. They reiterated that the talks came to a halt because their interim demands were not fulfilled.
“Bipartisan is supposed to be just that not unilateral. Kenya Kwanza team has not reached out to us. In any event, the talks stalled when they declined to co-sign the letters to IEBC and to the selection panel. I’m not aware whether they have now signed,” he said
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