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Stormy session as bipartisan teams engage in a near-physical fight

Jeremiah Kioni and EALA MP Omar Hassan clash at Bomas almost scuttling the bipartisan talks process.

A near-fight between EALA MP Omar Hassan and Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni nearly ended a National Dialogue Committee meeting on Thursday at the Bomas of Kenya.

Jeremiah Kioni, the secretary general of Jubilee, and Hassan Omar, an EALA MP, had a verbal duel that nearly descended into a brawl during the two hours of discussion.

Omar seems to be annoyed by Kioni’s recent remarks that the are going nowhere and that he would have long withdrawn from the dialogue had he been in the position of coalition leader Raila Odinga.

Kioni had earlier in the week said that the talks were a waste of time, sentiments that irked EALA lawmaker.

Kioni on his end, said that Hassan Omar was being disrespectful to the Jubilee Party.

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The clash happened as the bipartisan team was considering recommendations from their technical team, on whether they could agree on proposed interim measures to be implemented while the talks are underway.

The proposals contained in a document titled “Harmonised unbundling of issues” had among other things sought to have the suspension of the Finance Act 2023 as an interim measure, as the leaders find a solution to the skyrocketing cost of living.

But as it would appear, the team did not agree on most of the interim demands, sending their technical teams back to the drawing board.

In Azimio’s list of 16 issues presented as interim measures it appears the key thing agreed on as an interim measure is that the security of leaders across the country has to be reinstated.

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