The only person we will directly engage is the President – Sifuna on Bipartisan dialogue.
Speaking in an interview at NTV, Nairobi county senator, Edwin Sifuna stated that Raila has a plan to contain the talks between the opposition and the executive.
Sifuna who is part of the seven legislators that will lead the bipartisan talks from Azimio side, revealed that Raila warned them of engaging with certain allies from Kenya kwanza, to avoid jeopardizing the dialogue.
He further refuted claims that his coalition is in quest for a handshake as it was claimed earlier by the deputy president.
He stated,”Raila Odinga had a sit-down with all of us and asked us not to say anything that should jeopardise the proposed dialogue in our public utterances. We were pointed out certain leaders in Kenya Kwanza that we should neither listen to nor respond.”
Sifuna further pointed out specific individuals in Kenya kwanza such as deputy president Rigathi Gachagua, economist David Ndii, and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah that they won’t engage with.
He stated,“We have decided that the only person we will directly engage is the President since he was the one who called for the truce.”
He further questioned on why the DP was bringing a fuss on the talks yet he was there when president Ruto was about address the country on bipartisan talks.
He stated,”When Ruto was extending an olive branch to Raila, Gachagua was by his side. If he had reservations he could have spoken then.”
The second in command has been vocal about the handshake, last week, the DP declared that should there be a handshake then he won’t be there.
He stated,”Those people should leave me alone. I am not a hardliner; I am just saying what my bosses – the voters – want. He had a handshake with our prince President (Rtd) Uhuru Kenyatta – who was a good person full of respect, but later, you all saw what happened. Even if there is a handshake, I, as Rigathi Gachagua, will not be there.”