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Jubilee delegates in Nairobi want party to exit Azimio coalition within 14 days

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 13:40 | By
Jubilee party's Nairobi branch officials addressing members of the press. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Nairobi Jubilee party branch now wants the outfit to bolt out of the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition over frustrations from the ODM party.

Speaking in Nairobi, the Jubilee delegates led by their chairperson Mark Ndung’u said the ODM party had sidelined Jubilee members in recent appointments in parliament despite the two parties being equal partners in the Azimio coalition.

He protested the recent move by the coalition to drop Sirisia MP John Waluke from being nominated to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) despite having been endorsed for the role by the Jubilee party.

The delegates also claimed that agents who participated in the last general election were yet to receive their payments amid claims that the funds were embezzled.

“We need some clarity on the payments meant for agents under the Azimio coalition, the funds didn’t reach those meant to receive them,” he added.

The delegates further accused the coalition leaders of hiding information about the coalition agreement.

They gave the national representatives a 14-day deadline to quit the Azimio coalition and forge a new political path.

“We have collected over 10,000 signatures and we want to ensure that we leave Azimio in 14 days,” Ndung’u said after a delegates meeting in Nairobi on Sunday.

The chairman also noted that his members won't participate in Azimio consultative forums that began recently.

He said the planned nationwide rallies by the Raila Odinga-led coalition meant to condemn alleged injustice by the Kenya Kwanza administration were ill-advised.

According to Ndung'u, the protests will bring instability to the country and should not be allowed to go on.

“We’ve had enough of your protests, which are self-serving and only serve to benefit one person. Our time with you is over. We will not accept protests and wars,” Ndung’u said adding that Raila should give the Kenya Kwanza government ample time to deliver.

The ultimatum could complicate matters for the Azimio coalition which is struggling to remain united after losing the August presidential election to Kenya Kwanza's William Ruto.

Raila, who was the Azimio candidate in the presidential poll, has in recent weeks affirmed that Azimio is united amid claims of disquiet in the coalition.

"Azimio la Umoja, One Kenya Alliance is as united as ever before. We are strong together,” he said at a press conference in Nairobi.

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