National Assembly Leader of Minority Opiyo Wandayi has allayed fears of a fallout between former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio party leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking during an interview on Ramogi TV, the Ugunja lawmaker maintained that the two Azimio principals are still united despite reports of a fallout over the National Dialogue Committee alias the bipartisan report.
He revealed that Uhuru had yet to reject the report despite his key allies, led by Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, opposing the report partially adopted by Raila.
Further, Wandayi noted that the varying opinions among their members were typical, akin to what is observed within families.
ODM Leader Raila Odinga (left) and Ugenya MP Opiyo Wandayi during party sensitization programme
“I cannot speak on behalf of Uhuru, but there is nowhere where I have heard him say that he opposes the NADCO report. If there is any, then you should tell me. So people should stop forcing differences where there are not.
“We are united under Raila, but that does not mean that we will not have divergent views on it,” Wandayi, who doubles up as Ugunja MP, stated.
On allegations that Azimio failed to meet its target during the dialogue, Wandayi insisted that the exercise was successful, insisting that only one of the demands was not met.
He stated that the Raila-led coalition attempted to have the Kenya Kwanza regime bring down the cost of living but to no avail.
Differences among Azimio leaders emerged after the NADCO report was released in November 2023.
While the report was largely adopted by ODM and the Wiper Party of Kalonzo Musyoka, other allies such as Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and Jubilee Party opposed the report.
According to the report’s opponents, Kenya Kwanza hoodwinked Azimio into ratifying the report as it did not address taxation and the cost of living.
Meanwhile, Raila announced that protests would return during the year should the government fail to address the cost of living.
“We told them not to increase taxes but they went ahead and raised the taxes, worsening the situation. These taxes must be revoked, the Finance Act must be removed. If they don’t we will return to the streets in 2024,” Raila stated on December 30, 2023.
President William Ruto speaking from State House, Nakuru on December 31, 2023.