Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has said Azimio One Kenya Coalition’s dealings are shrouded in secrecy.
Speaking to the media in Karen today, Kingi said his alliance had to opt-out because the legal process for the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party to be legally in Azimio could not be completed.
“We were frustrated by the flat refusal of Azimio to make available a copy for the agreement to enable us to table it in our NEC meeting as required in the constitution,” he said.
According to him, the aforementioned factors make pursuing the PAA goal difficult.
Apart from the customary bluster in Azimio, Kingi claims that there is no commitment to the Coastal people.
PAA officials led by George Kithi, a Kilifi governor candidate and William Kingi, a deputy governor and Mombasa governor candidate, announced that they were leaving Azimio but that they would not join any other coalition.
PAA cannot abandon Azimio, according to Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu.
Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap party abandoned the Azimio Coalition yesterday morning citing displeasure with being marginalized in negotiations.
Mutua claimed he made the decision after Azimio neglected to make the coalition agreement inked with affiliate parties public despite his threats to pursue a lawsuit.
Deputy President William Ruto lauded the move saying it was a big boost in Kenya Kwanza’s quest to win the August polls.
“Karibu governor Amason Kingi and PAA party to the alliance of democrats, the free and the willing. Together we stand against strong-arm machinations by the oppressors and political racketeers who’ve exploited us for long,” Ruto said.
He added, “Welcome to the grand march to new possibilities for all Kenyans.”