• Legally member parties cannot leave the Azimio coalition until three months after the election
• Until November 9, Azimio will technically be able to provide the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly
The Registrar of Political Parties has written to the National Assembly indicating that it is too early for member parties to leave their coalitions.
The upshot is that Azimio, loyal to veteran politician Raila Odinga, technically still has a majority in Parliament and can therefore take the position of the Leader of Majority.
But parties like UDM, which has seven MPs, one senator and two governors, switched allegiance in August from Azimio to Kenya Kwanza. As a result, Kenya Kwanza, loyal to President William Ruto, now has the real majority in Parliament.
Legally, political parties cannot leave their coalitions until three months after the election.
The argument of Aden Duale that these parties were forced into the Azimio coalition does not wash.
So if it insists, Azimio can provide the Leader of Majority until November 9. Is it worth it? That is up to Azimio to decide.
But this kind of grandstanding will not help to build the kind of principled dedicated opposition needed to keep a government transparent and accountable.
Rather than fighting over temporary positions, Azimio should concentrate on articulating a popular alternative to Kenya Kwanza in Parliament.
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