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Cracks in Azimio? 8 parties threaten to withdraw from the coalition citing lack of involvement

Eight political parties affiliated with Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya have threatened to withdraw from the mega coalition, citing a lack of participation in coalition decision-making. The parties have formed a coalition within a coalition called Mwanzo Mpya, and their message to Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga is simple: “Involve us in the coalition’s decision-making process, or we will go it alone.”

DAP-K, Muungano, Kenya Reforms Party, CCU, PPT, NARC, and Maendeleo Democratic Party are among the parties led by Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo chap chap. Mutua stated today on Citizen TV’s morning show that the coalition has not included them in any decision making despite playing a significant role in the coalition’s formation.

For example, Mutua confirmed that despite being a coalition official, he only learned about Rafael Tuju’s appointment as nominations coordinator from the media. He went on to say that Tuju will lead a nominations board comprised of representatives from ODM, Jubilee, and the Wiper Democratic Movement, with the only other parties left out.

Mutua revealed that the only thing they want from the coalition is to be treated with respect because they have several options. Mutua went on to list at least four options, the first of which is joining Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Coalition. Mutua revealed that he was called by William Ruto yesterday but did not answer because he had slept, and apart from that, he has been receiving several calls from the coalition luring him to join the coalition. The other option is to vote on his own, form the Up Mwanzo Mpya coalition, or mend the rips and stay in Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya. The threats have exposed a significant schism in the coalition.

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