2022 CAMPAIGNS

Like Ruto, I'll start presidential campaigns after Raila is sworn-in - Kalonzo

Kalonzo and Gideon Moi took Azimio's campaigns to Tharaka Nithi on Monday.

In Summary

• The former Vice President exuded confidence that Raila will endorse him.

• Kalonzo was accompanied by KANU chairperson Gideon Moi, who used the opportunity to popularise the Azimio La Umoja Movement.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka addressing residents of Tharaka Nithi on Monday, March 14,2022.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka addressing residents of Tharaka Nithi on Monday, March 14,2022.
Image: KALONZO MUSYOKA/TWITTER

Wiper leader kalonzo Musyoka is a great critic of Deputy President William Ruto and has publicly ruled out the possibility of him working with the DP.

On Saturday, Kalonzo endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga for the presidency for the third time.

While in his visit to Tharaka Nithi on Monday, Kalonzo revealed that he has picked something from Ruto that would be useful to him come the 2027 general elections, where he will be contesting for the presidency.

“Ukweli usemwe, huyu mtu anaitwa DP Ruto alijua kwamba atakuja kuwania kiti. Kwa hivyo alipokua Deputy President akaanza kampeni hapo hapo. Yangu nimejifunza hapo kwa Ruto. Tutaweka Raila na mimi nianze the following day,” Kalonzo said.

It loosely translates to: "Truth be told, this man DP Ruto knew that he will be vying for the presidential seat. And once he was sworn in as the DP, he immediately started campaigning for the presidency. I’ve learned my lesson from him. Immediately Raila is sworn president, I will begin my campaigns for the top seat".

Kalonzo was accompanied by KANU chairperson Gideon Moi, who used the opportunity to popularise the Azimio La Umoja Movement.

The two addressed Tharaka Nthi residents at Kibuga market before holding leaders meeting at Egwanjau market, and later visited residents in Kathwana.

The former Vice President expressed his optimism that Raila will endorse him after his term come August 9 elections.

He also insisted that the name of the coalition will be Azimio-OKA, hence representing the interests of both parties.

Earlier in the day, the Raila team dismissed the proposal to name the coalition Azimio-OKA.

They said only parties joined the Azimio coalition.

“Parties come to Azimio as individual political parties, they don’t come as alliances or coalitions. So whether it was Wiper, whether it was KANU, or whether it was ODM they all signed into that agreement as individual parties.”

The Chairman of Raila's National Campaign Board Ndiritu Muriithi also distanced Azimio from Kalonzo’s coalition-to-coalition arrangement.


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