More than 20 political parties that form the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition were expected to attend what Raila termed as ‘consultative meetings.
However, with just hours to the much-awaited meetings, Kivumbi.co.ke has learned that Raila’s camp has split over plans to participate in the protests.
A section of parties under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party has vowed not to take part in Raila’s nationwide protests.
The latest to distance itself from Azimio’s ‘consultative meetings’ is the Kenya Union Party which is led by former West Pokot Governor John Lunyangapuo.
Lunyangapuo, who seriously drummed up support for Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga said there were better ways of airing their grievances.
“Kenya Union Party unequivocally disassociates itself from the planned demonstrations by the ODM Party under the gaze of collective Azimio decision,” said Lunyang’apuo.
KUP becomes the second political party to distance itself from Raila’s planned nationwide protests.
Last week, the Wiper Party said proceeding with the plan would interrupt the peace of the nation even after having a peaceful General Election.
“What will he (Raila Odinga) do next? Swear himself in as the people’s president? He will take us back to lawlessness because we gain nothing by creating unnecessary tension in the country,” said Wiper chairman Chirau Ali Makwere said.
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party on Monday, December 5, said they will only participate in the consultative meetings if asked by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
But Raila Odinga urged the government not to bring hooligans into the meeting and insisted that the consultative meetings will be peaceful.