Kalonzo: Give Me Numbers That Can Impeach Raila

  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaking to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a past event.
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaking to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a past event.
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  • Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka is consolidating enough numbers to back himself in the Azimio La Umoja movement in case of a fallout with former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. 

    While addressing mourners in Kalumoni Village, Machakos County on Thursday, March 17, Kalonzo asked his Ukambani supporters to join the coalition through his Wiper Party stating that it will empower them in the coalition.

    He explained that the numbers would aid them to impeach Raila if he failed to honour their coalition agreement. A strong backing would also aid him to have a huge saying in the movement's decision-making exercises. 

    ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka shake hands after Kalonzo endorsed him for the presidency at Jacaranda Grounds on Saturday, March 12, 2022
    ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka shake hands after Kalonzo endorsed him for the presidency at Jacaranda Grounds on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
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    "I am appealing to leaders in this region to join Wiper so that you can give me strength in the coalition, whose key decision-makers are President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga and I.

    "With many Wiper members, we shall be able to impeach Odinga if he fails to honour the deal we signed," he stated.

    The sentiments by the Wiper party boss barely come days after his party signed an agreement together with over 28 parties to endorse Raila as their aspirant.

    A day after signing the agreement, he publicly disclosed that he was not aware of the documents they signed at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC).

    His remarks saw him come under sharp criticism from other Azimio affiliated leaders who stated that all parties were informed of the coalition agreement.

    ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna also refuted claims that they had adopted the name One Kenya Alliance (OKA) in the Azimio name stating that OKA was adopted in the slogan.

    "There was nothing there, If I asked all those party secretaries general what they affixed their signatures to, nobody knows," Kalonzo stated.

    “The name of the document that I saw, probably other people saw a different name, is Azimio La Umoja and the only place that the word One Kenya appears in that document is the slogan of the coalition,” Sifuna responded.

    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana in Machakos County on February 25.
    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana in Machakos County on February 25.
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    Prior to signing the pact, Kalonzo had castigated Raila for failing to honour their 2017 agreement where the former Prime Minister was alleged to have agreed to back his presidential bid regardless of the outcome of the 2017 polls.

    His allies have also accused ODM of undermining Wiper through their partnerships with other parties in the region.

    For the past few years, Kalonzo has grappled with safeguarding his Ukambani political base after area governors formed rival parties that spearheaded the formation of the Azimio la Umoja coalition.

    They include Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua's Maendeleo Chap Chap, Charity Ngilu's NARC, and Kivutha Kibwana's Muungano Party.