Raila Odinga presided over the meeting of the House of Parliament of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party at Stoni Athi hotel in Machakos County on Thursday, April 6.
The PG meeting was called after President William Ruto extended an olive branch to the opposition coalition on Sunday (April 2), suggesting a two-pronged approach to address their grievances.
On his part, Raila called off anti-government protests on Monday and Thursday across the country to give an opportunity for dialogue.
But even as bilateral talks are about to begin, the coalition has set several rules for participation.
First, Azimio says the Kenyan government needs to address the issue of reducing the cost of living – including flour, fuel, electricity and school fees – urgently because it “cannot wait and does not need negotiation”.
Secondly, the union says its demand to open, review and conduct a professional audit of the election servers used by the IEBC before, during and after the 2022 presidential election is non-negotiable.
Third, Azimio insists that there must be an evaluation of the appointment and removal of the IEBC “Cherera 4” commissioners, including surgical corrections and reform of the electoral commission.
In addition, the union wants the election laws to be changed, requiring MPs who cross party lines after the election to seek re-election from the voters and allowing parties to replace appointed MPs who cross party lines.
Finally, the coalition expects that the joint task force will submit its report to Parliament within 30 days of its creation.