MAKAU MUTUA ASKS KIONI TO RESIGN FROM AZIMIO TALKS.

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Azimio spokesperson Makau MUTUA has asked embattled Jubilee secretary General Jeremiah Kioni to resign as head of the Azimio technical team in the ongoing bipartisan talks with Kenya Kwanza team.

In a statement on Saturday, MUTUA said Kioni has no faith in the dialogue whose aim is to resolve electoral issues that emerged after the 2022 presidential elections.

“My good friend Hon Kioni should with immediate effect resign as head of the Azimio technical team at the Bomas talks. He has repeatedly said the talks are a ‘waste of time ‘. He must resign unless he is a hypocrite. How can one lead a team in talks he doesn’t believe in?” Makau said.

Kioni is part of the talks committee that are ongoing at the Bomas of Kenya to address the issues between Kenya Kwanza and the Azimio La Umoja coalition.

He is said to have claimed the talks were going nowhere and that he would have bowed out had he been in Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s position .

On Thursday, he differed with EALA MP and UDA vice chairman Hassan Omar after he insisted that the cost of living should be part of the talks at the Bomas of Kenya.

On Friday, Kioni said during a talk show on Spice FM that high taxes, the cost of fuel and the Finance Bill is still unresolved yet they are not part of the agenda in the talks.

“I said that I wouldn’t want to sit in a situation where I feel like we are conning Kenyans. There are those who thought that shouldn’t have been said but I am still saying it. What took us to Bomas and why people were killed was the cost of living. That’s why people were demonstrating, “he said.

These sentiments did not sit well with Omar on Thursday during the talks, resulting in a war of words with the former Ndaragwa MP and they almost came to blows.

Kioni is said to have stormed out of the meeting after the altercation.

UDA secretary General Cleophas Malala on Friday took issue with Kioni over the drama saying there is no place for first fights at the talks

Malala said Kioni’s altercation with Omar was “uncivilized and outright backward. ”

“If you have ideas, challenge us with ideas intellectually, give us your idealogies. You cannot be in a respectable meeting like that and you want to engage the chairman of the ruling party in a fistfight, ” he said.

“Leave our vice chairman, you must respect the vice chairperson of the UDA party, “he added.

Kioni and Omar are part of the talks committee that is seeking to find truce between the Azimio coalition and the Kenya Kwanza government over differences that resulted from the 2022 polls.

The committee is being chaired by Kalonzo Musyoka of the Azimio La Umoja coalition while the Kenya Kwanza team is being led by Kimani Ichung’wa.

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