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AZIMIO now a political party as members sign agreement of Azimio One Kenya Coalition Party

Raila Odinga, the head of the ODM, received a huge boost on Friday when two coalitions supporting him revealed that they had filed a party formation application. The Azimio la Umoja and One Kenya Alliance coalitions have merged to form the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party. Secretaries-general from various organizations addressed the press in Nairobi to announce the party’s creation. Edwin Sifuna (ODM), Jeremiah Kioni (Jubilee), Nick Salat (Kanu), and Shakilla Abdalla were among them (Wiper).

The reveal of the name signaled that the Wiper party’s grumblings had been addressed. Wiper officials claimed earlier yesterday that the delay in incorporating “One Kenya” in the party name was a sign that parties were not willing to follow through on previous agreements. “My party leader is asking a basic question: If a name agreed upon cannot be honored, what about other areas like sharing of roles in government?” Kathiani MP Robert Mbui (Wiper) remarked.
The Wiper camp’s concerns seemed to be alleviated with the introduction of the combined party, with Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, one of those who had questioned the earlier deal’s commitment, present at the afternoon briefing and signaling a shift in tone. Mr Wambua stated, “Our participation here is a statement that Wiper is firmly on the table with colleagues in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.” On behalf of the secretaries-general, Ms Abdalla read a statement in which she said they had signed three coalition documents, including a deed of understanding and an application form “for effecting the registration of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.”
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