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Azimio la Umoja One Kenya has called off anti-government protests scheduled for today.

This is after President Willian Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance yesterday seized the olive branch extended by the opposition to call off the protests and go back to the bipartisan talks.

Azimio co-principal and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka announced that they were prepared to stand down the demos scheduled for today on condition that Kenya Kwanza drops Eldas MP Adan Keynan from the bipartisan committee and his replacement immediately announced.

“We, in Azimio la Umoja One Kenya announce, on a without prejudice basis, that we are prepared to go back to the bipartisan talks with our opposite side in Kenya Kwanza and are prepared to stand down the demonstration scheduled for tomorrow Thursday, 4th May 2023, provided that Kenya Kwanza recuses Keynan from the bipartisan committee,” he said.

Kalonzo said this was the same offer he made on Sunday at the Cathedral of Praise Ministries International but stressed that all the conditions remain the same.

“We made an offer last Sunday to Kenya Kwanza as the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leadership on bipartisan talks. All our other conditions remain the same,” he said.

Less than an hour later, Kenya Kwanza through National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichungwa welcomed the statement by Azimio on the resumption of the bipartisan talks.

“We appreciate the conciliatory tone taken by our Azimio la Umoja counterparts to engage in talks and stand down the planned street demonstration should Kenya Kwanza recuse Eldas Member MP Adan Keynan,” he said.

The majority leader’s statement said that President Ruto’s coalition had always been willing to bend backward for the sake of the progress of the country national and the stability of the nation.

“We have consulted with Keynan and the coalition’s top leadership and he (Keynan) has gracefully agreed in the greater interest of the country to recuse himself to the committee,” said Ichung’wah.

Ichung’wa announced that Saku MP Dido Rasso had been picked to replace Keynan in the bipartisan committee.

On Monday, the Azimio supporters, egged by their leaders returned to the streets after a three weeks lull that had been preceded by a biweekly demonstration on Monday and Thursday.

A month ago, Azimio said the bipartisan team should recommend measures to reduce the cost of living, conduct a forensic analysis of the IEBC servers, review the process of appointing and dismissing IEBC commissioners, and recommend policies to strengthen the electoral system to guarantee free and fair elections.

By Jane Kibathi.