Martha Karua Addresses Leaders Calling For Kioni’s Ouster From Bipartisan Talks

Azimio Principal Martha Karua on Sunday distanced the Azimio Coalition from lawyer Makau Mutua sentiments calling for the resignation of Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni from the National Dialogue Committee (NADOC).

In a statement, Karua maintained that Mutua’s remarks were his own and do not in any way reflect Azimio’s official position on the matter.

Makau is a close ally to Azimio Leader Raila Odinga and worked as Spokesperson for the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat in 2022. 

In her statement, Karua reiterated that neither Kioni or any other leader from Azimio could be gagged. 

Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni (Left), Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Odinga (Centre) and other politicians during a visit to Jubilee Party Headquarters on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

She also implied that Kioni was well within his rights to question the outcome of the talks. 

“The best proof that talks will go anywhere is results,” Karua explained.

“Sixty days are almost over and the cost of living skyrocketing, time will tell.”

Makau in a statement on Saturday, called for Kioni’s resignation as the head Azimio technical team after the embattled Secretary General said that 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?” he remarked. 

By the time of publishing this article, Kioni was yet to respond to Makau’s remarks. 

This came even as, Kioni on Friday, dispelled rumours that Mt Kenya leaders were looking to breakaway from Azimio Coalition.

The former Ndaragwa Member of Parliament was responding to a question on whether Kamwene, a new political outfit bringing together politicians from the Mt Kenya region was exploring charting its own independent political path.

“Kamwene Leadership is part of Azimio and we are more intact than others would want to believe,” he assured Kenyans. 

Kioni heads the Azimio technical team while Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka co-chairs the NADOC together with National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichungw’ah. 

National Dialogue Committee Co-chairs Kalonzo Musyoka (left) and Kimani Ichung’wah presents framework agreement and agenda that will be the basis of the talks on August 30, 2023.


Kimani Ichung’wah

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