With the revelation by ODM leader Raila Odinga that the Azimio coalition will officially be registered as a coalition party this week, 13 political parties are positioning themselves to be part of this big coalition ahead of the August 9 General Election.
ODM leader is likening the yet-to-be-registered coalition to the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) which propelled President Mwai Kibaki to State House.
Speaking to The Daily Nation, Raila Odinga’s campaign board spokesperson Elizabeth Meyo said negotiations among parties for the registration are ongoing and will be unveiled at the right time.
“We still do not have the exact figure of political parties intending to come aboard the Azimio Movement following the enactment of Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law,” said Meyo.
“But you are aware that the ‘gather all’ philosophy of our two principals-President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, means we expect a large array of political formations to join the movement,” Meyo added.
Apart from the Jubilee party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM of Raila Odinga, other parties that have shown interest in joining the movement are linked to various regional heavyweights.
From the Ukambani region, the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (Narc) of Charity Ngilu, Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) led by Alfred Mutua and Muungano Party of Kenya (MPK) of Kivutha Kibwana have already announced their support for Azimio la Umoja.
From the Mt. Kenya region, the Party of National Unity (PNU) linked to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Ubuntu People’s Forum (UDF) led by Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui, and Development Empowerment Party (DEP) led by Meru Governor have shown interest in joining Azimio.
The newly formed Pan African Alliance (PAA) party led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi is joining the Azimio team from the coastal region.
Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani led party; the Upya Movement from the North-Eastern part of Kenya has also declared its support for Azimio la Umoja Movement.
Other parties that believe in the Azimio gospel are the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) associated with Eugene Wamalwa, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) associated with Fed Matiang’i, and the Kenya Union Party (KUP) led by Governor John Lonyang’apuo.
Most of these parties have already made public pronouncements of their decision to join the Azimio Movement in the upcoming General Election.
All the parties joining Azimio will be supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga for the presidency during the August 9 election.
The expected registration of the Azimio coalition comes after Deputy President William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, and Moses Wetang’ula joined forces to work together in the yet-to-be registered Kenya Kwanza coalition.