Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party has unveiled its team that will face President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza in the bi-partisan parliamentary talks.
The Azimio team on Thursday held its Parliamentary Group meeting at the Stoni Athi hotel in Machakos County.
During the PG meeting, Azimio unveiled a team of seven allies that will lead in the negotiations with the ruling government.
The list of seven consists of Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, his Narok counterpart Ledama Olekina, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, Amina Mnyanzi (Malindi), Millie Odhiambo (Suba North), David PKosing (Pokot South) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda).
The meeting that was chaired by Raila was also attended by the coalition’s top leadership including Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and her Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and KANU chairman Gideon Moi sent their apologies for failing to attend.
President William Ruto last week urged the opposition to call of the Monday and Thursday demonstrations, proposing a bipartisan approach to the issues raised by Azimio team.
Raila has, however, threatened to call for the demonstrations should the Ruto team show lack of seriousness in the negotiations.
The ODM party leader has proposed a National Accord approach as it was in 2008 during the post-election violence.
President Ruto’s allies have, however, vowed not to allow the national accord approach proposed by the former prime minister.
They argue that Raila wants to force his way into the government through a grand coalition form of government.
The Raila-led faction has reiterated the need to have the team expanded outside parliament as they maintained that they were not interested in sharing the government.
Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza has not yet released its list of the negotiators.