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Shocking u-turn as Uhuru now speaks of Raila’s planned mass action against RUTO and his government set for next week

by Paul Nyongesa
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Shocking u-turn as Uhuru now speaks of Raila’s planned mass action against RUTO and his government set for next week

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s planned mass action against President William Ruto has taken another turn.

This is after former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party vowed never to participate in Raila’s mass action.

Mr Odinga yesterday repeated his calls for rallies to “resist the capture and emasculation of key institutions,” accusing President William Ruto’s government of “taking a machete to hack and mutilate the Constitution.”

The rallies are also intended to show support for four top officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), who are facing removal through a tribunal formed by the President.

However, despite being an Azimio member party, Jubilee has vowed not to heed Raila’s call for mass action.

Led by Jubilee Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni, the party was keen on keeping the Kenya Kwanza government in check at the expense of political rallies.

“We will focus on our agenda. The party will rally behind the current administration, and when the need arises, it will criticise the government where it blunders,” said Kioni.

He, however, added that the former ruling party is solidly in Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

“Jubilee is in Azimio, but that does not stop us from pushing our party’s agenda. We will support the government of the day and correct it on behalf of Kenyans,” Mr Kioni said.

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat also told the Saturday Nation that the party feels left out on key issues in the alliance and would not be part of the mass action.

“We will not support that. We would love to but our treatment in the coalition does not allow us to do that,” Mr Salat said.

“We are looking at redefining our relationship with Azimio. When it comes to inclusivity, the coalition only considers the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Wiper.”

He said Kanu has organised a retreat with its elected leaders in Nakuru today where its membership in Azimio will be the theme.

“The agenda of the meeting is to answer the question, ‘which way Kanu?’, because we are not doing very well,” Mr Salat said.

The pulling out of Kanu and Jubilee from the rallies deals a blow to Azimio as cracks in the coalition continue to widen.

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