Karua says they’re firmly in Azimio coalition as she officially launches Kamwene caucus for Mt Kenya politicians.
The Kamwene Leadership Forum, a caucus they claim will be for advancing issues from the Mount Kenya region, was formally formed on Monday by Jubilee Party Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni and leader of the Narc-Kenya party Martha Karua.
Speaking to reporters in Nairobi, Karua affirmed that they remained steadfast supporters of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya alliance, of which she is a co-principal, in spite of rumors that, upon its initial announcement in September, the new group was hinting at potential divisions within the opposition.
She played down remarks made by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, which she subsequently stated were misinterpreted. In those remarks, Odinga seemed to formally endorse Kalonzo Musyoka, the head of the Wiper Party, as the opposition’s nominee for president in the general election of 2027.
“Right now, we are not talking about the race but about the unity of Mt Kenya people. Kalonzo Musyoka is our brother. We are in Azimio to stay but we still have Kamwene Caucus to caucus about Mt Kenya issues,” Karua told journalists.
“He (Odinga) wrote a statement of clarification, but even if he had endorsed [him], it would be within his right. An endorsement does not in any way curtail the chances of any other person who may wish to enter the race.”
Asked about her view on a scenario where Odinga backed Musyoka in the 2027 polls, the Narc-Kenya leader shot down such discourse as distractions, telling reporters: “We refused to engage in distractions. Take them somewhere else, we are here to talk about Kamwene.”