Azimio, Kenya Kwanza dialogue teams sign framework agreement – here are the 5 major issues for negotiation

Azimio, Kenya Kwanza dialogue teams sign framework agreement – here are the 5 major issues for negotiation

Azimio delegation leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his Kenya Kwanza counterpart Kimani Ichung'wah during talks on August 30, 2023. PHOTO | COURTESY

The National Dialogue Committee has now been formally established after the delegation leaders signed the agreed framework that entrenches the 10-member team and its deliberations in law.

The committee stated that they’re now ready to hit the road running and find solutions to political issues bedevilling the country which often result in strife after the election.

The committee, led by Azimio delegation leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his Kenya Kwanza counterpart Kimani Ichung'wah, has 60 days to deliberate and come up with a report and or including bills initiating a review of various pieces of laws.

"We continue to reiterate that this is serious national work. If ever there was a moment this country should come together, it is now and we are determined as a team to make sure that happens," Kalonzo said.

"We tell Kenyans to ignore the naysayers, there will always be those who feel threatened for whatever reason by something so illustrious cause this is wonderful work…we have agreed on the work plan, the dates and everything. A lot more work remains to be done."

Ichung'wah on his part stated: "We have adjourned to Friday this week at 10am to allow the secretariat and the technical teams to work on the prioritisation of the issues and guide us on how we prioritise what issues we begin with."

The National Dialogue Committee is now set to deliberate on five major issues, broken down further into a host of issues, namely;

1. Outstanding Constitutional matters;

(a). Article 43 of the Constitution, the Cost of living and related issues

(b). implementation of the ‘two-thirds gender rule’

(c). governance issues, including promoting national unity and inclusivity in public appointments

(d). adequate checks and balances.

2. Electoral justice and related matters;

(a). restructuring and reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (‘the IEBC’)

(b). boundaries delimitation

 (c). audit of the 2022 presidential election.

3. Entrenching funds into the Constitution;

(a). the National Government Constituencies Development Fund

(b). the National Government Affirmative Action Fund

(c). the Senate Oversight Fund.

4. Establishment and entrenchment of State offices;

(a). the office of the Leader of the Official Opposition

(b). the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretory.

5. Fidelity to Political Parties/Coalitions and the law on multiparty democracy;

Preventing interference with political parties/coalitions

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