Raila Odinga, the head of the ODM, and Kalonzo Musyoka, the leader of the Wiper party, are launching combined campaigns this weekend. Following the signing of a coalition agreement on Friday, the political machine’s name would be changed to Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya alliance. The adoption of the One Kenya Alliance moniker had been fought by Raila’s team, but Kalonzo warned that it was a deal breaker.
Raila and Kalonzo are expected to address meetings together starting on Saturday in West Pokot before proceeding to other regions of the country, according to party insiders. Raila’s itinerary suggests that he will speak at meetings in Ortum, Alale, and Lomut before travelling to Turkana for a church service and a series of events on Sunday. Kalonzo’s associates attempted to calm fears of a loud absence on his side in the aftermath of Raila’s decision to go it alone on the campaign road.
In the campaigns, Kalonzo and the OKA brigade have been a no-show. Cyrus Jirongo, the leader of the United Democratic Party, and Kanu’s Gideon Moi have also been noticeably absent. Following the questions, their allies defended them, claiming they needed to have a firm agreement before heading out. Wiper members’ presence at the agreement signing, according to Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, was a testament to the conclusion of the debacle that jeopardized Azimio’s unity even before proper takeoff
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