Kenya NGO welcomes resumption of bipartisan talks with opposition

By James Wafula in Juba

The NGO Council of Kenya has
welcomed the resumption of
bipartisan talks between the
main opposition Azimio coalition and
the government of Kenya Kwanza
warning however that hardliners
must not be allowed to sabotage the
process.


In a press statement issued today
July 31 2023, council chairman
Stephen Kipchumba Cheboi urged
leaders to put he interests of the
country before their individual
ambition saying the country was
young in terms of population with
those below 35 years accounting for
80 percent of the country’s 51 million
population.


Cheboi said the government headed
by President William Ruto needed to
concentrate on fullfilling its election
manifesto without unnecessary
distractions as the opposition through
parliament and senate perform due
diligence in its audit of performance
by the Executive. “The constitution is
clear multi-party democracy needs
a robust opposition to keep the
government on its toes unlike the
March 9 2018 handshake that silenced
the voice of the opposition.”


Cheboi said that the council had
mobilized all its affiliate members
across the country to push for
dialogue from the county to national
level adding that “enough is
enough” following weeks of violent
demonstrations between the police
and stone throwing protesters left
several dead killed others injured.


“Any further attempts to cause
chaos on streets is unacceptable as
leaders hold talks that should respect
the constitution and the rule of law’
he said stressing that wananchi
having voted peacefully a year ago
for winners and losers are keen to put
whatever transpired behind them and forge ahead with their lives.
“We strongly believe in peace
and stability of the nation as no
development can take place when
businesses and offices close down
due to violent protests” said Cheboi.


“As the NGOs Council and our
stakeholders,we champion for peace
and sustainable development in our
society. We actively participate in the
socioeconomic development agenda
and urge everyone to uphold peace
for a prosperous country,” he said.

Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Uhuru Kenyatta


Cheboi urged “chest thumping”
hardliners to stop putting obstacles
in the way of a peaceful truce saying
Kenya belongs to all of us and is the
only country we have “if we burn
it where will we go except become
laughing stock despite being the
largest economy in East Africa?”■

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