Tuju: We Ignored Alfred Mutua, Kingi After Discovering They Were Moles

  • Azimio Executive Director Raphael Tuju (left) and Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Alfred Mutua.
    Azimio Executive Director Raphael Tuju (left) and Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Alfred Mutua.
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  • Azimio One Kenya Alliance Executive Director Raphael Tuju has lifted the lead on the true nature of an engagement between Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Deputy President William Ruto.

    In an address to the press on Monday, May 9, Tuju explained that Azimio, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, had shut down its commitment to the two leaders after discovering that they were secretly engaging their rivals and supplying them with internal strategies. 

    The former CS without portfolio noted that they were keen on having a coalition of the willing and that the demands by Kingi and Mutua were merely excuses to cover up their duplicity. 

    “Some of them were negotiating with the other side and needed this document for purposes of benchmarking, and since we knew this from our intelligence, there was no reason to continue to engage them.

    Deputy President William Ruto (left) accepts MCC leader Alfred Mutua into Kenya Kwanza on Monday, May 9, 2022.
    Deputy President William Ruto (left) accepts MCC leader Alfred Mutua into Kenya Kwanza on Monday, May 9, 2022.
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    "A marriage certificate does not make the marriage, it does not matter what is in the document, the document of the coalition is just a document, what is carried to the next level is goodwill," Tuju told reporters on the sidelines of the interviews for Raila's running mate. 

    The statement comes just moments after Mutua officially announced that he had shifted his allegiance to Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

    The governor explained that he was influenced by transparency and vision in the Kenya Kwanza camp.

    Mutua claimed that the Azimio la Umoja only favoured some political parties, leaving others like MCC in the dark.

    Kingi, on the other hand, fell out with the Azimio management long before his departure arguing that he had been sidelined.

    Towards the end of April, he had attempted to leave the coalition because its agreement was opaque and they were not involved in the ratification of the agreement.

    “The PAA NEC in a meeting held on 25th April 2022 resolved that the ratification of the agreement signed on 5th April 2022 be and is hereby declined. Despite signing the agreement 20 days ago, no copies have been supplied,” he argued.

    The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) declined to honour the party's request to leave the Azimio at the time.