The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) has petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to clear Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to run for president on a Wiper party ticket, hours after he was observed grazing cows in his Yatta property.
Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu wrote to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, urging the electoral body not to approve Kalonzo because his party was still a member of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.
She pointed out that Kalonzo’s Wiper had not quit the coalition party and hence could not run in the August 9 elections.
After Raila failed to pick him as his running companion and instead chose Martha Karua, Kalonzo dropped Azimio and announced his presidential bid with Andrew Sunkuli as his running mate on Monday.
After the coalition’s flag bearer, Raila Odinga, chose Martha Wangari Karua as his running mate, the Wiper leader is alleged to be looking for loopholes in the pact and hell-bent on thwarting the Azimio.
Kalonzo had threatened to quit if Raila did not choose him as his running mate before departing Azimio and announcing his candidacy.
“There is no power-sharing system on which any negotiations or coalition-building arrangements are based. Everything else is void unless a power-sharing agreement is signed and recorded with the Registrar of Political Parties.”
“Kalonzo is a decent man who wants the best for Kenya,” said Dan Maanzo, a Makueni MP and close associate of Kalonzo.
This comes amid claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta had pressured Kalonzo to return to Azimio and endorse the Raila-Karua ticket.