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Six Parties in Azimio Threaten To Bolt Out After Being Sidelined

Six parties in Azimio la Umoja movement have threatened to bolt out in the next 48 hours over being sidelined in key decisions in the newly formed outfit.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, while addressing the media on Wednesday, said the six parties will look for other political partners if their conditions are not met.

“We must be listened to in order to fully join them. It must be known that time is running out but we still have options that we can invoke anytime,” Governor Mutua stated.

The group feels that the Azimio leadership is made up of three parties; Jubilee, ODM, and Wiper leaving out other members who they say founded the coalition.

The group has now christened itself as the Mwanzo Mpya caucus and wants itself included as the fourth leg of the Azimio stool.

The Six parties in Azimio said were not informed and found out of the AZIMIO LA UMOJA – ONE KENYA coalition in the news like the rest of Kenyans.

“The document needs to be renegotiated to ensure that all interests are taken care of. The agreement should not be decided by three parties In the same way that they have introduced zoning through some technical terms, we want them to be done away with” Mutua said.

Mutua further revealed that only a subset of his party’s members had been permitted to see the draft coalition agreement for a limited period of time.

They also demanded renegotiation of the coalition document, scrapping of zoning, deposited coalition document at the registrar of parties should be withdrawn, all decisions henceforth should be through consensus including on all nominations.

He stated that such behavior would not be accepted and that they would not sign the agreement until their demands were addressed.

The six parties include Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap Party, the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) associated with Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa, Muungano party led by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Chama Cha Uzalendo and Kenya Reforms Party.

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