Kalonzo Threatens to Ditch Azimio

  • An image of Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
    An image of Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
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  • The future of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance hangs in the balance after OKA principals led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka pulled a stopper.

    The four constituent parties of the One Kenya Alliance - OKA have written to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, (ORPP) under Ann Nderitu seeking to halt the registration of the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition party.

    OKA principals, Musyoka, KANU's Gideon Moi and Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party - UDP have raised three issues that they claim have been secretly altered and do not reflect what the alliance had initially signed.

    One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals at a past event.
    One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals at a past event.

    Among the issues raised include the number of caucuses which according to OKA were only three when they signed the documents on April 1. However, the documents presented indicated that the caucuses have been increased to 4.

    OKA chiefs want the question of Raila Odinga's running mate exhaustively addressed before official registering of the Coalition as a party at the ORPP..

    "It is apparent that the Agreement lodged on the 1st April 2022 was withdrawn and certain clauses amended or altered without the consent of all the parties and signatories," part of their letter to the registrar of political parties read.

    In their letter, OKA further noted that the members of the coalition council under the coalition political party had been increased from the initial seven to eleven.  Kalonzo's led caucus wants the issue of council members properly addressed before registration is done.

    "Our objection is premised on the fact that three (3) issues have not been agreed upon and are to be deliberated and agreed upon before the Agreement is fully registered, these are as follows: -The number of caucuses; these had been agreed as three (3) on 1st April 2022 and presented as four (4) on the 9th April 2022," their petition read.

    The latest demands by OKA come just days after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga met with Mwanzo Mpya caucus led by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to iron out their issues.

    Despite extending an olive branch to Kalonzo, Mutua further complicated the Azimio arrangement by offering himself as the running mate.

    "I believe this country needs the experience of a statesman and the ability of a youthful person. I'm 51 years old very happy, and very youthful and therefore, I present myself for consideration as the running mate to Raila Odinga. 

    "Raila needs someone he can trust and I know he can trust me," Mutua stated.

    Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga uring a meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum industry at the Panafric Hotel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022
    Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga during a meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum industry at the Panafric Hotel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
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