COALITION FORMATION

Only parties signed deal with Azimio, not OKA - Raila

Mutua said there was no way they could ink a coalition-to-coalition deal

In Summary

• Mutua said there was no way they could ink a coalition-to-coalition deal

• He said parties that signed the agreement did so in their individual capacity.

ODM leader Raila Odinga's Presidential Campaign Secretariat has denied a coalition-to-coalition deal with OKA clarifying that the 24 political parties that signed on Saturday did so in their individual capacities. https://bit.ly/36eGQSQ

ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Spokesperson Professor Makau Mutua at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga foundation offices in Upper Hill after meeting university students leaders, technocrats and Jua Kali sector representatives from Kiambu County on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 ahead of his weekend rally.
ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Spokesperson Professor Makau Mutua at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga foundation offices in Upper Hill after meeting university students leaders, technocrats and Jua Kali sector representatives from Kiambu County on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 ahead of his weekend rally.
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ODM leader Raila Odinga's Presidential Campaign Secretariat has denied a coalition-to-coalition deal with OKA clarifying that the 24 political parties that signed on Saturday did so in their individual capacities.

In his address to the press on Monday, the spokesperson of the team Makau Mutua said there was no way they could ink a coalition-to-coalition because the new political parties law does not allow for such an arrangement.

Earlier on, Kalonzo said that the coalition will be dubbed Azimio-OKA since OKA joined the coalition as an equal partner.

However, Mutua said such was not agreed upon during the signing ceremony.

“What was signed on Saturday was an agreement to form the Azimio coalition party. That is what was signed on Saturday,” Mutua said.

He added that the parties joined the movement individually, and not as coalitions.

“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.

Ndiritu while dismissing the Azimio -OKA Alliance said the 24 political parties which signed including Kalonzo's Wiper did so in individual political outfits.

"According to the law, one political party cannot be a member of two coalitions that is why on Saturday the SGs of the parties signed for their individual Parties," Nderitu said.

On Saturday, 26 political parties including the Wiper party, officially signed the coalition agreement committing to work with Azimio.

It is during the same function that Raila was named as the coalition's flagbearer.

Edited by B. Marita


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