July 17, 2024

Why Raila Odinga’s unveiling as Azimio Presidential candidate was delayed at KICC

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Raila Odinga’s unveiling as Azimio Presidential candidate was delayed at KICC over Kalonzo’s fresh demands.

It has been revealed coronation of ODM leader Raila Odinga as the presidential candidate of Azimio la Umoja was delayed after Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka allegedly issued fresh demands before joining the formation.

The event at KICC was scheduled to start at 9 am but took hours later before it later commenced at almost 2 pm.

Kalonzo and Raila are understood to have been holed up in a meeting trying to resolve the standoff.

The meeting was convened at State House by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Other party leaders supporting Azimio were in attendance.

Kalonzo is said to have insisted on a running mate position for him to join the formation. 

This position however has been reserved for the Mt Kenya region.

No reasons were given for the delays even as the masters of ceremony kept recognizing prominent people in attendance at KICC.

However, the ceremony later take place where about 30 parties signed a declaration committing to Azimio la Umoja.

The agreement between OKA and Azimio la Umoja creates a powerful force to oppose DP Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza, composed of Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani National Coalition (ANC), and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya.

After unveiling, the leaders headed to Jacaranda grounds where Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka officially backed Raila Odinga’s presidential bid and expressed confidence that the former prime minister was capable of leading the country.

“I thought Raila will endorse me for the presidency this time around but out of a good heart, I will support him. Raila Tosha.”

“I’m ready to campaign for Raila Odinga across the country,” he said.

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