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Lonyangapuo’s KUP to boycott Azimio demos

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 15:27 | By
Former West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo PHOTO/COURTESY

Kenya Union Party (KUP) has distanced itself from the planned demonstration by the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition.

KUP party leader John Lonyangapuo said the demonstrations were not planned by the Azimio affiliate parties.

"The Azimio coalition represents the biggest threat to democracy, the rule of law, and national cohesion in our nation's recent history.

"Arising thereof, today we lay bare the instrument that was meant to hold the coalition together and to guide its path forward so that Kenyans may see the deceitful nature of the current arrangement," he said.

Lonyangapuo further took issue with the manner in which East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) nominations were done saying it was "dynastic".

"The just concluded EALA nominations affirm Azimio is a dynastic enterprise that in reality is a personal vessel for a chosen few.

"That the KUP is equivocally dissociating itself from the planned demonstrations by the ODM party under the guise of collective Azimio decision," he said.

Lonyangapuo ditches KANU

Lonyangapuo ditched Kenya African National Union (KANU) in July 2021 and formed KUP which he used to defend his seat on the August 9 general election but lost to former West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin who clinched the seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.

Kachapin was declared the winner after bagging 86,476 votes.

The incumbent governor John Lonyangapuo came in second with slightly over 84,610 votes.

Lonyangapuo who was the only KANU Governor in the country had been having a sour relationship with KANU’s top leadership since 2019 for what he described as interference with the affairs of the county.

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