Talks between Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Orange Democratic Leader Raila Odinga on a political reunion have stalled, preventing the One Kenya Alliance and Azimio la Umoja Movement from forming a coalition. This comes as the clock counts down to the much-anticipated March 12 Jacaranda declaration, when Azimio is expected to choose its presidential candidate and, perhaps, a running mate for the August 9 presidential election. Azimio’s expected presidential candidate is Odinga. Despite the fact that the deadline for parties to form coalitions is April 9, Musyoka’s demands appear to be delaying the Azimio-OKA alliance’s formation, including the sharing of key spots.
Wiper Party leaders, who are close supporters of Musyoka, indicated that negotiations were underway, but that the signature of the grand coalition agreement had been delayed due to a number of thorny issues. According to sources, Musyoka and Odinga met on Thursday in an attempt to establish an agreement on working ties. “Well, discussions are underway. “We’re looking for a truce in the shortest amount of time feasible so that people can start engaging in the next gear,” a close Musyoka ally told Capital News.
Raila is counting on Kalonzo’s help to reinforce his campaign machinery as he prepares to face off against Ruto, who is putting up a fight of his own. Raila’s inauguration as Azimio la Umoja’s presidential candidate had previously been postponed when Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka allegedly offered new criteria before joining the group. According to sources, the Wiper leader insisted on a place as a running mate in order for him to join the organization. This spot, on the other hand, has been set aside for the Mt Kenya region. The event was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but nothing had started five hours later.
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