Is azimio Coalition Sinking even deeper than titanic ship or it’s end of plastic political marriage between the former president and former prime minister Raila Odinga?
According to the Sunday Nation, former president Uhuru Kenyatta is planning to step down as chairman of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition council in order to focus on his peace initiative in the region.
In order for Mr. Kenyatta to legally resign from his position in the coalition of parties that supported the presidential campaign of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the August elections, the alliance wants to call a meeting of the top organ.
We learned from conversations with coalition officials, including his longtime adviser David Murathe, that Mr. Kenyatta has already stepped down from his role as coalition leader to focus on leading the peace negotiations in the region, as given by his successor, President William Ruto.
His legal obligation to abstain from holding any positions in a political party in order to get his pension has also influenced his decision to leave.
The Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2003 specifies that Mr. Kenyatta must submit his resignation no later than February 2023. A number of Mr. Odinga’s main friends recently announced significant pro-establishment defections, which led to the impending resignation.
Mr. Odinga, who is presently seeking to organize his troops to build a significant anti-government organization, is expected to suffer a serious political loss as a result of the defections and Mr. Kenyatta’s predetermined retirement.
The Coalition Council and the National Coalition Executive Council are two of the coalition’s two governing bodies, which included at least 26 political parties .
Prior to the elections on August 9, Mr. Kenyatta was chosen as the coalition’s highest decision-making body’s chairperson, while Mr. Raila Odinga was chosen as the party’s leader and a council member.
The NCEC vice-chairman and vice-chairman of the Jubilee Party, Mr. Murathe, announced that Mr. Kenyatta would be leaving Azimio.
The Sunday Nation was informed by Mr. Murathe, a close ally of the former president, that Mr. Odinga will lead the coalition going forward.
“He will publicly retire from his position as Azimio council chairman in a meeting that will take place very shortly. Obviously, a bus cannot be driven by two drivers at the same time. Jakom (Mr Odinga) is the only driver of this vehicle, which is now known as the Azimio, according to Mr. Murathe.
He claimed that Mr. Kenyatta has chosen to focus more on his new position as the region’s peace ambassador.
“Now, he is above neighborhood politics. Everything will be Jakom and the Azimio system going ahead. The council will convene to decide who fills the role, although Jakom is clearly the current overall head of Azimio, according to Mr. Murathe.