In what is turning out to be a perplexing turn of events, one of the most recent defectors to leave the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition Party and emphatically join the president’s camp is now sending mixed signals with his moves.
Former Azimio Youth League leader Solomon Kuria who resigned from his post in spectacular fashion last year raised eyebrows after posting on his widely followed online platforms leaders bashing Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and calling him mannerless.
Rigathi who has found himself in a spat of sorts with Nairobi County governor Johnson Sakaja faced the wrath of Sakaja’s supporters who blasted him for interfering with the Capital’s county boss.
Surprisingly, Kuria, who was expected to be in Rigathi’s corner, appeared to promote the scathing attacks.
Kuria tendered his resignation in a letter addressed to Azimio leader Raila Odinga dated Thursday, December 8, 2022.
The outspoken youth leader faulted the Azimio boss over recent calls for rallies to protest against Kenya Kwanza administration actions, saying the coalition had deviated from the ideals agreed upon during its conception.
Kuria said he was never consulted on plans to hold a series of countrywide rallies to protest alleged injustices by the President William Ruto-led administration.
The politician noted that the protests were against a commitment by Azimio to maintain peace in the country during and after the August elections regardless of the outcome of the poll.
“There was consensus on killing the culture of wastage associated with disputed elections when the resolving of the same was subjected to extra-judicial resolutions. We documented the resolve to only rely on the courts in the event we lost the elections,” Kuria said.
“…It is with much consternation therefore that I received the news that Azimio was planning to hold demonstrations that were then scaled down to what Is being called: Citizen engagement rallies. There was even talk of holding parallel Jamhuri Celebrations in Nairobi. It is strange that nobody found it necessary to consult or
Inform me of any of these plans much as I am the representative of the largest constituency of the membership of the Party, youth.”
He said he would have opposed any plans to hold any demonstrations in the country to keep the youth productive and protect them against potential violence.
“For the avoidance of doubt. I would have said a big no to the same considering it goes against everything I assumed the coalition stood for. We all know that youth are always the casualty in the event these activities become violent,” he added.
“Youth are supposed to be busy working or looking for opportunities not held hostage in unproductive political rallies.”
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