SIBLING RIVALRY IN THE AZIMIO ONE KENYA COALITION

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Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Anzioka Waita

By EUGINE ONYANGO on 13 June 2022

Rivalry scarlet among parties in azimio alliance after Machakos gubernatorial candidate Nzioka Waita on Monday, June 13, told off Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka a strongly worded statement.

A major showdown between Nzioka Waita and Wavinya Ndeti, both in the Machakos governor race, marred Azimio One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s first rally with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday June 12 as intense sibling rivalry rocked the coalition.

The rallies turned into shouting matches between supporters of Mr Waita, former State House Chief of Staff, of Chama Cha Uzalendo and those of Ms Ndeti, a former Transport Chief Administrative Secretary and the Wiper candidate in the Machakos race. 

Mr Musyoka accused the former ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta of undermining him, adding that Mr Waita lacks the interest of Machakos people at heart.

Waita turn down suggestion that he step down his bid for governorship of Ms Wavinya Ndeti.

Nzioka referred to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as Mutharaka, which translates to ‘man from Tharaka’ – in response to Kalonzo’s alleged dismissal of his governorship bid over his inability to speak in the local dialect.

Waita insinuated that he was more Kamba than the Azimio Chief Cabinet Minister nominee, and that Kalonzo was from Tharaka Nithi, which borders Kitui County.

Earlier on Azimio deputy Presidential candidate Martha Karua stated that the coalition had put its best foot forward to end sibling rivalry so that it does not lose key seats to the rival Kenya Kwanza Alliance which is led by the Deputy President William Ruto.