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Karua responds to Makau Mutua’s demand to have Kioni out of bipartisan talks

Sunday, September 24th, 2023 13:36 | By
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua.
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua. PHOTO/(@MarthaKarua)/Martha Karua/Twitter.

Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua has told off lawyer Makau Mutua for demanding the resignation of Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni as head of the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya Coalition Party technical team at the Bomas talks.

In a statement, Karua said the only way the bipartisan talks prove useful is if there are results to be seen at the expiry of 60 days given to the National Dialogue Committee.

"My friend Makau Mutua I presume this to be your personal opinion Jeremiah Kioni or indeed any of us cannot be gagged. Best proof that talks will go anywhere is results. Sixty days almost over and cost of living skyrocketing time will tell," Karua stated.

In a post on X, formally Twitter, on Saturday, September 23, Mutua took issue with Kioni's recent claims that the ongoing national dialogue was a waste of time, saying the former Ndaragwa MP should step aside since he doesn't believe in the talks.

"My good friend @HonKioni should with immediate effect resign as head of the Azimio technical team at the Bomas talks. He’s repeatedly said the talks are a 'waste of time,'" Mutua stated.

Flanked by Karua, Kioni decried a lack of commitment by the Kenya Kwanza administration in the talks.

"We are going nowhere with these talks, but we are in support of Baba (Raila) and the decision he has taken," Kioni said during the briefing by the group dubbed Kamwene Leadership Forum.

Kioni was appointed to lead the legal and technical team for the opposition coalition party in the talks with the Kenya Kwanza administration in August.

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