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Cracks in Azimio as 8 Political Threaten to Quit, Form Own Coalition

At least eight political parties have threatened to walk out of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga-led Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition. 

In a statement on Thursday, April 7, the parties which have regrouped under Mwanzo Mpya claimed they were being sidelined in decision making within the party.  

One instance, according to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is the merger of Azimio la Umoja and One Kenya Alliance noting that they learnt about it through the media. 

“Coalitions agreement documents have not been shown to us and yet they are insisting that we should sign. We will not agree to this

“There is an attempt to run nominations through zoning. Our candidates are already prepared to compete and zoning has no place in the current arrangement,” the statement said in part. 

ODM leader Raila Odinga PHOTO/COURTESY

The caucus now wants the contents of the Azimio Coalition agreement re-negotiated to include members of Mwanzo Mpya as the fourth leg of the coalition.

The eight parties are Maendeleo Chap Chap, Muungano, Kenya Reform Party and Chama Cha Uzalendo. 

Others are the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K), PPT, NARC and Maendeleo Democratic Party. 

Following the new development, the parties made fresh demands as follows; 

  1. They should be the fourth leg caucus.
  2. They must renegotiate the document.
  3. There cannot have zoning.
  4. The deposited document has to be withdrawn.
  5. There has to be a consensus on all decisions.
  6. There has to be a consensus on all nominations.
  7. The deputy president choice must be through consensus just as we agreed on the presidential candidate.
  8. The positions which we agreed in at K.I.C.C must be honoured.

The caucus warned that they will pull out and form their own coalition should the coalition fail to meet the demands made by the parties. 

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