- Despite these concerns, the bipartisan talks between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio ended prematurely due to disagreements on the issue of reducing the cost of living.
Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua has voiced her concerns and revealed the following action steps for the coalition if the bipartisan talks fail to address the critical issues they have presented.
In a statement on Thursday November 16, 2023, she warned that Azimio supporters would take to the streets if the dialogue committee fails to tackle the pressing challenge of the cost of living, which is burdening the majority of Kenyans.
Karua, a vocal Azimio Co-Principal, highlighted the hardships faced by Kenyans, including high taxes, poor service delivery, and pervasive corruption among government officials.
She also demanded accountability from President Ruto's government regarding its acquired loans, alleging that they have contributed to corruption rather than benefiting the Kenyan population.
"We want to find services when we go to the hospitals. We are also saying the high fuel prices pushing the cost of living upwards; we want the additional tax of 8 per cent removed with immediate effect as that will help the fuel cost stabilize," Karua stated.
She further emphasized the need to combat corruption and uphold the rule of law. Karua referred to recent revelations by the Controller of Budget, suggesting that Kenya is paying for loans without clarity on the services they were meant to provide.
Despite these concerns, the bipartisan talks between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio ended prematurely due to disagreements on the issue of reducing the cost of living.
Karua's statements reflect the frustration and urgency felt by Azimio representatives, who believe that addressing the cost of living is crucial to improving the lives of ordinary Kenyans.