Kalonzo explains why he opted out of the Senate Speaker race saying the decision was ratified by Uhuru and Raila after consultation.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has detailed that Uhuru and Raila supported his withdrawal after Azimio learned that the race would be affected by election malpractices.
He said the decision was ratified a day prior to the elections at his Karen Command Centre in a meeting with Azimio allied Senators.
“The decision was not impromptu. I was well guided by my party and the Azimio top leadership after we realized the process had been marred with bribery. We decided that we needed to keep it clean and in that case, step out of the race,” he stated in an interview with the Standard.
In addition, Kalonzo denied rumors that he had withdrawn from the speaker race at the last minute out of concern for Amason Kingi, who was being supported by the Kenya Kwanza party of newly elected President William Ruto.
He made it clear that he had no intention of leaving Azimio la Umoja in order to declare his allegiance to Ruto.
“I have not had any consultation with Ruto and Kenya Kwanza. Those are frivolous allegations. I am taking a strategic retreat so that I can plan my political future which is still bright,” he added.
In the senate speaker race, former Kilifi governor, Amason Kingi, was elected speaker with Meru senator Kathuri Murungi as his deputy.
At the National Assembly, Azimio’s Kenneth Marende lost to former Bungoma senator, Moses Masika Wetangula.
Meanwhile, a section of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Senators voted for the Kenya Kwanza-fronted Amason Kingi to be the Speaker of the Senate.
Among them are Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita Taveta), Joseph Githuku (Lamu), Mohamed Faki (Mombasa), Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), Issa Boy (Kwale), Abdulkadir Haji (Garissa), Dullo Fatuma Adan (Isiolo), Okiya Omtatah (Busia), James Ekomwa and Margaret Kamar (nominated).