Cracks in Azimio as KUP Party distances itself from Kamukunji rallies

Kenya Union Party has distanced itself from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s planned rallies set to start on Wednesday, December 7.

While addressing the media on Tuesday, KUP party leadership said there was no discussion and consequent approval by the Azimio constituent parties for the planned mass action.

KUP party leader John Lonyang’apuo insisted there are better ways of airing grievances.

“Kenya Union Party unequivocally disassociates itself from the planned demonstrations by the ODM Party under the gaze of collective Azimio decision,” said Lunyang’apuo.

Azimio vowed to push on with what they called a ‘consultative meeting’ despite calls to abandon the protests.

Odinga has called on his supporters to challenge the plight of four IEBC commissioners who distanced themselves from the presidential results announced by IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

Azimio expects the protests to move nationwide starting with the Kamukunji proceeding to Mombasa, then Nakuru and Kakamega counties.

According to them, they will hold parallel Jamuhuri Day celebrations at Kamukunji grounds on December 12.

On Monday, Jubilee Party’s Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni said they would be open to participating in the planned picketing if asked by Azimio principal Raila Odinga.

Last month, some MPs from Western Kenya allied to Azimio accused the opposition leader Odinga of “political dishonesty and exclusion of the Luyha community”.

The MPs drawn from various parties in the opposition coalition slammed Odinga for what they called betraying the community by excluding its leaders from both the minority leadership in both the Senate and the National Assembly.

“The Azimio coalition has not accommodated the Luyha community in the House leadership of both the Senate and the National Assembly,” they said in a statement read by Caleb Khamisi(Saboti).

The MPs claimed that Raila’s coalition has marginalised the Luyha nation by denying the community leadership slots including at the EALA.

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