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What Kalonzo should do to be President in 2027

What Kalonzo should do to be President in 2027

By Paul Munene

Email:thingiragema@gmail.com

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is within his democratic rights to apply and utilise all strategies that will have him confirmed as Raila Odinga's Deputy President nominee.

Just recently, Kalonzo threatened, cajoled and bulldozed his way forcing Azimio Coalition to rebrand to Azimio la Umoja Kenya before binding instruments were deposited with Registrar of Political Parties.

This clearly angered his antagonists from Ukambani.

It appears this strategy works well for Kalonzo.

However, he appears to forget that he should be perceived as most qualified amongst equals not a spoiler who dared his way to deputise Raila.

Kalonzo doesn't appreciate powers William Ruto seems to enjoy are primarily on magnanimity of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Deputy President position is largely ceremonial with the president having immense powers over his deputy.

With our weak electoral commission, the will of President shall always influence outcome of presidential contest.

It's forgone conclusion the one who will win this year's presidential elections will definitely secure second term and guide his succession.

It's imperative to remind our good brother after Azimio has beaten Ruto at the ballot, focus will shift to blocking all his attempts to ever ascend to presidency given his frightening raw anger.

The person to succeed Raila must be a popular and strong candidate that will protect the interests of the two gentlemen.

For Kalonzo to be perceived as strong, he must pay homage and be loyal to Raila.

This is the only way to inherit Raila's support base.

I don't think bulldozing his way is a very smart move to win this critical base.

Meanwhile, members of One Kenya Alliance coalition (OKA) have written to the Registrar of Political Parties asking the process of registering Azimio-One Kenya Alliance be stopped.

According to the letter, which is already signed by UDP Secretary General Bernard Wafukho and Wiper’s Shakila Abadalla, the OKA outfit feels that there is a hidden agenda to alter an original agreement that was signed by three caucuses in order to include a fourth caucus without the consent of all parties.

"We wish to bring to your attention that the ONE KENYA ALLIANCE CAUCUS comprising Wiper Democratic Movement (WIPER), Kenya African National Union (KANU), United Democratic Party (UDP), and The Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) objects to the registration of the Coalition Political Party Agreement presented to you on April 9, 2022.

"Our objection is premised on the fact that three have not been agreed upon and ore to be deliberated and agreed upon before the Agreement is fully registered," the letter reads in part.
"The number of caucuses; these had been agreed as three on 10 April 2022 and presented as four on the 9th April 2022."

OKA has also decried the increment of the members of the coalition council under the Coalition Political Party from the initial seven to 11.

OKA also wants the process of registering the coalition political party to be halted until the Azimio-One Kenya Alliance selects the Presidential Candidate's running mate as a Deputy Party Leader as is required under the Law.

"It is apparent that the Agreement lodged on the 1st April 2022 was withdrawn and certain clauses amended or altered without the consent of all the parties and signatories," the letter added.


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