Wiper party reaffirms support for Azimio, accuses government of fraud and intimidation
The Wiper Democratic Movement, led by former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, has declared its unwavering support for Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party.
In a press statement issued after a two-day retreat, Musyoka said that his party remains firmly in Azimio la Umoja, which is headed by Raila Odinga.
Additionally, he claimed that the government was attempting to weaken and splinter the opposition coalition by utilizing state resources and institutions to persuade individuals to defect from their political parties. Kalonzo said this was an attempt to undermine Kenya’s multiparty system and return it to a one-party system.
“In a shameless effort to legitimize their fraud, the Executive has made many attempts to divide the Azimio – One Kenya coalition. They have openly used a public institution and public resources to entice individual members “in the name of development” to break ranks with their political parties. They have systematically tried to erode all the gains of multiparty democracy and take this nation back to a one-party state,” Kalonzo said.
Musyoka further alleged that the government had lied to Kenyans about various issues affecting their lives, such as inflation, taxation, food security, unemployment and insecurity. He said that his party would not allow Kenya to retrogress back to the dark days of dictatorship.
He announced that his party would conduct a massive nationwide membership recruitment drive and fully support the ongoing Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Peoples’ Barazas, which are public forums aimed at mobilizing grassroots support for their agenda.
He also urged his county assembly members to work closely with their governors and deliver services to their constituents.
Musyoka said that despite losing in a disputed election, which he claimed was rigged by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) under Wafula Chebukati and endorsed by a compromised Supreme Court, Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party still had faith in the people’s court, which he said would give its final verdict soon.