Azimio Council holds its first meeting with the running mate position and Nairobi County line up the top of the agenda.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is chairing the first council meeting of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on Thursday, April 21.
ODM leader Raila Odinga was the first to arrive at the venue. He later welcomed President Uhuru who arrived at around 9 am.
The forum’s agenda will include a discussion of important problems inside the coalition as well as the resolution of glaring disagreements that are endangering the partnership.
In a statement sent to newsrooms by Raila Odinga’s Presidential Campaign Secretariat Press Secretary Dennis Onsarigo, the first-ever council meeting will engage key political leaders within the Azimio grouping.
“The Azimio la Umoja Coalition Party flagbearer and ODM party leader Raila Odinga will attend the first Azimio Council meeting tomorrow Thursday 21st, April 2022,” read part of the statement.
With growing discontent among partner parties, as evidenced by recent public spats, the summit will focus on the best course ahead for the Azimio.
The subject of Raila’s running mate continues to be a source of consternation for the Azimio coalition.
Some of the leaders being touted as potential Odinga deputies are Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, and Agriculture CS Peter Munya.
Leaders allied to the Wiper party, including Kalonzo himself, insist that they deserve the slot.
However, a section of Azimio women leaders, led by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has endorsed Martha Karua as the coalition’s best fit for the running mate slot.
Another issue on top of the agenda for the Azimio council is the Nairobi lineup for the gubernatorial race.
The entry of Polycarp Igathe has caused jitters within the camp.
The ODM party is backing the Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi but there were reports he had been asked to step down in favour of Igathe.
The other leaders attending the high-level meeting include Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, KANU Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon, NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua, and Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu.
Others include the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) leader and Kanduyi legislator Wafula Wamunyinyi, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, Abdi Noor Omar Farah, and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Taveta MP, Naomi Shaban.