Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua and Jubilee Party Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni have declared they are in Azimio to stay and will not sway.
During a press conference in Nairobi, Karua emphasized their continued membership in the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition, of which she is a co-principal.
The two officially inaugurated the Kamwene Leadership Forum on Monday. They stated that this forum is dedicated to advancing the interests of the Mt Kenya region.
This reaffirmation comes in response to initial speculations that the establishment of the Kamwene Leadership Forum might indicate divisions within the opposition when it was first introduced in September.
Karua downplayed recent comments made by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, which, upon clarification, were not intended as a formal endorsement of Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka as the opposition’s presidential candidate in the 2027 general election.
“At the moment, our focus is not on the upcoming election but on fostering unity among the people of Mt Kenya.
Kalonzo Musyoka is a respected figure within our coalition. We remain committed to Azimio, while also maintaining the Kamwene Caucus to address Mt. Kenya’s concerns,” Karua informed reporters.
Karua also addressed the possibility of Odinga endorsing Musyoka in the 2027 polls, dismissing it as a distraction and redirecting the conversation to the Kamwene Leadership Forum:
“We choose not to engage in distractions. If you wish to discuss such matters, please do so elsewhere. Our purpose here is to discuss Kamwene.”
Reports have suggested that Karua and Kioni may be dissatisfied with ongoing bipartisan discussions between opposition MPs and those from the ruling Kenya Kwanza alliance.
Their concerns revolve around Kenya Kwanza’s perceived reluctance to address the increasing cost of living, which is a significant agenda for Azimio.
Additionally, they have expressed concerns about President William Ruto’s collaboration with rebel opposition MPs and what they view as Kenya Kwanza’s interference with the Jubilee Party.
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