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Wanjigi joins Safina as Kiraitu heads to Azimio

Wanjigi joins Safina as Kiraitu heads to Azimio

By Paul Munene

Businessman-turned-politician Jimi Richards Wanjigi alias James Bond (pictured) has announced he will seek Kenya’s presidency under the Paul Muite-led Safina party umbrella after severing ties with ODM.

Wanjigi said he will now vie under the Safina Party after he was kicked out of ODM during the party's National Delegates Convention (NDC) at Kasarani stadium.

"I did assure Kenyans that I will be on the ballot on August 9, 2022. And where I will be, it is where the next government will be formed. It will be a government of the people of Kenya and for the people of Kenya. Today, I have officially become a Member of Safina Party," he said.

Wanjigi said ODM was his first party which he joined in 2018 based on shared belief in ideology.

“We were in a home called ODM and that was the party that I first ever joined in 2018. I joined ODM believing that our ideology and policies espoused in the election of 2017 were still in sync," he said.

"When we got together as NASA, we talked about Canaan which we envisioned for Kenyans was a Canaan away from what we termed as oppression and backward policies of the Jubilee Govt."

Wanjigi said he was shocked with the 'handshake' between President Uhuru Kenyatta whom he called "master oppressor" and ODM boss Raila Odinga but gave it the benefit of doubt.

"I was astounded after the swearing in in January, that my party leader, in March wants to shake hands with master oppressor Uhuru Kenyatta. I was shocked but I prayed it was about ideology."

Calling himself "one of the biggest supporters" of ODM and Raila, Wanjigi then brought up the issue of Kasarani and how he was kicked out of the party.

"I resigned from ODM after the brutal violence I experienced at Kasarani during the ODM National Delegates Conference. Raila made it practically impossible for the Party to hold free, democratic and credible Presidential nomination," he added.

Wanjigi said together with Safina, they want to rebuild the country and correct its inequalities.

Meanwhile, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has announced that his Devolution Empowerment Party has joined the Azimio La Umoja movement.

The party will back Raila for his presidential bid.

Raila attended the party meeting in Meru where he was officially backed for the presidency.

The announcement was made during the party’s meeting attended by Raila ahead of its National Delegates Conference that will be held on March 18.

The governor has announced that he will defend his seat in the August 9 elections.

He said the party made the move after analysing what the people were saying about their future.

"We have done the research, talked to opponents, and listened to confidential reports. I can confidently tell you that the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya is no other than Raila Odinga," he said.

During the meeting, Raila thanked the governor for inviting him and joining the movement.

The governor will now battle it out with Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who launched his gubernatorial bid.

Mithika will be using the UDA party of Deputy President William Ruto to challenge Kiraitu. 

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