Wiper party asks Kalonzo to return to Azimio

The resolution was reached during delegates meeting on Monday.

In Summary

• The resolution was reached during a delegates meeting at Stoni Athi in Machakos County on Monday.

• The officials asked Kalonzo to exhaust all dispute resolution mechanisms within the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been prevailed upon by party officials to reconsider his decision to vie for the presidency. https://bit.ly/39M4k3E

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview at SKM command Centre in Karen on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview at SKM command Centre in Karen on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been prevailed upon by party officials to reconsider his decision to vie for the presidency.

The resolution was reached during a delegates meeting at Stoni Athi in Machakos County on Monday.

The officials asked Kalonzo to exhaust all dispute resolution mechanisms within the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party.

"There is a dispute resolution mechanism under that alliance, so we are asking our party leader that we do consider the possibility of having further discussions on this coalition arrangement," organizing secretary Robert Mbui said.

He spoke after the meeting that was also attended by at least 500 party aspirants.

Kalonzo is said to be out of the country for a private trip to the United Kingdom.

Mbui said the reason the Wiper party decided to bolt out of Azimio and declare that Kalonzo would vie for the presidency was because there was initially no room for discussions.

He, however, said the meeting had resolved that the interests of the country outweigh that of the party.

This, even as Kalonzo on Monday presented signatures of supporters backing his presidential bid to the IEBC.

"Because we had already agreed to work under the Azimio One Kenya Alliance, it is time that we exhaust all the options that were available," Mbui said.

Allies of Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga have been pushing for discussions with Kalonzo's camp but the efforts have been unsuccessful due to “non-responsiveness”.

The talks stalled further following Kalonzo's abrupt trip to London last Friday.

The resolution at Stoni Athi come even as reports indicated that Kalonzo had gagged his close allies from speaking about his political future. 

On Monday, Kalonzo's running mate Andrew Sunkuli affirmed that Kalonzo's presidential bid was on course.

"Yes, we are on the ballot and that is why I'm here to represent my presidential candidate who is outside the country on a private trip," Sunkuli said.

He spoke when he presented signatures to the IEBC at the Bomas of Kenya on behalf of Kalonzo. 

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