Raila Responds to Reports of Dumping Azimio

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Raila Responds to Reports of Dumping Azimio

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) refutes claims suggesting it has initiated steps to leave the Azimio la Umoja coalition.

In a statement released on Thursday, the party, under the leadership of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, dismissed a letter circulating as fraudulent, which purportedly outlined their intentions to withdraw from the Azimio agreement.

ODM affirmed its continued participation in the coalition, urging the public to disregard the circulated letter and emphasizing its commitment to remaining part of the alliance.

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“Only fake minds, fake things,” the party clarified.

The primary opposition party issued this response following the widespread circulation of the letter on social media, where it gained traction throughout the day.

The fraudulent letter, purportedly addressed to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu, falsely claimed that ODM was citing a lack of trust among coalition members as the basis for their supposed decision to exit the alliance chaired by Former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The letter surfaced against the backdrop of a rift between Raila Odinga’s key associates and leaders from the Azimio constituent parties.

Specifically, Makau Mutua, a close aide to Raila, publicly urged Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua to exit the coalition due to their differing positions on the National Dialogue Committee’s bipartisan report.

While ODM had given its endorsement to the report, dissenting views were expressed by other coalition leaders such as Martha Karua.

This disagreement over the report appears to have heightened tensions within the coalition, contributing to the speculation surrounding ODM’s alleged intentions to withdraw.

“I will take my brother Jeremiah Kioni seriously when he and his Kamwene siblings organise Maandamano in the Mountain,” Matua stated.

Makau Mutua’s comments prompted a response from Jeremiah Kioni, escalating tensions within the coalition.

The already strained alliance, marked by a lack of trust and the emergence of splinter groups, has seen increased discord, particularly in the aftermath of Raila Odinga’s electoral defeat to President William Ruto.

The internal strife within the coalition has further complicated the political landscape.

“It’s unfortunate that some busybodies led by Makau Mutua have set ‘maandamano’ as a standard to measure loyalty or respect granted to individuals in Azimio,” Kioni responded.

As of now, neither Uhuru Kenyatta nor Raila Odinga has publicly addressed the internal differences among their coalition members.

The lack of public statements from the two leaders adds to the uncertainty surrounding the state of affairs within the coalition, leaving room for speculation and ongoing tensions within the political alliance.

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Raila Responds to Reports of Dumping Azimio

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