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Details of Azimio Agreement Reveals Exclusive Powers of Uhuru, Raila

Details of Azimio Agreement Reveals Exclusive Powers of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

There has been alleged mistrust in the Azimio One Kenya Coalition with small parties accusing coalition leaders of keeping the agreement secret.

Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua; and PAA Party leader Amason Kingi are the latest leaders to ditch the coalition.

They argued that the coalition agreement was foreign to a majority of parties that appended their signatures. 

Details of Azimio Agreement

According to the agreement, deposited to the registrar of political parties, Article 23 on Transitional Provisions vests the decision-making powers to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Despite the agreement creating a Coalition Council, a National Coalition Executive Committee, and a National Secretariat, it states that both Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga must agree on the fundamentals, such as the composition of the Council members.

The Article further states that until the Coalition Council holds its inaugural meeting, all the decisions of the coalition will be undertaken by the National Delegates Conferences (NDCs) of both the Jubilee Party and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

“Until the convening of the first meeting of the Coalition Council, its functions shall be deemed to have been done by the resolutions of the constituent National Delegates Conferences provided that the inaugural members of the Coalition Council shall, at the execution of this deed of agreement, be agreed upon by the Party Leaders of Jubilee Party and the Orange Democratic Movement,” reads Article 23 of the agreement establishing the coalition.

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Sharing of Positions

One of the arguments by Alfred Mutua on ditching Azimio was that the coalition did not disclose to affiliate parties what they stand to gain by being members of the political faction.

According to Article 11 of the Azimio agreement on the Organization of the Government, member parties agree to form a coalition government governed by four principles.

“Organization of government in the Coalition Government will be governed by the national aspiration for an inclusive, democratic and participatory governance as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya,” reads Clause 2(a) of Article 11.

Clause 2(b) adds that the organization of the Coalition Government will follow the principle of “Equality and equity, including affirmative action among the Coalition partners”.

It will also factor in “utmost good faith among the Coalition partners” and “Adherence to the terms of the Coalition agreement”.

The agreement, however, does not expressly explain how exactly affiliate parties will share positions such as cabinet posts, principal secretaries, and ambassadorial jobs. 

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