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Azimio running mate nominees to be known in just 24 hours

Thursday, May 5 has been set as the deadline for political parties under the umbrella of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition to forward their preferred Deputy President nominees.

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Thursday, May 5 has been set as the deadline for political parties under the umbrella of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition to forward their preferred Deputy President nominees.

The Coalition's Advisory Panel who set the deadline, reiterated that they will only consider the names of officially registered members of Azimio la Umoja Coalition Party.

"The committee shall only consider candidates who are members of the constituent parties of Azimio la Umoja Coalition Party," said Dr Noah Wekesa, chairman of the Coalition's Advisory Panel.

The deadline comes amidst debate as to whether Raila Odinga's potential running mates should undergo an interview or not. This was after Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka revealed he will not face the seven-member panel mandated to interview nominees.

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“I want to tell all Kenyans that I will not attend the said process. I find the entire thing demeaning to me as a person and will therefore distance myself from it,” the former Vice President told the Standard Newspaper.

The rift between Musyoka and the Advisory Panel led to politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto urging the Ukambani kingpin to quit the coalition claiming that he is not appreciated in the outfit.

"Kalonzo Musyoka has been embarrassed in many circumstances. After being a successful running mate to Raila twice, he is now being asked to go through a vetting panel to be evaluated for the same position and we find that disrespectful and totally unacceptable," said Machakos Town MP, Victor Munyaka.

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Eight candidates including Musyoka have expressed to be Odinga’s deputy in the August polls. Others include:

  • Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth
  • NARC-Kenya party leader Martha Karua
  • Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu
  • Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya
  • Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho
  • Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui 
  • Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

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