Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has defended his move to appear before the Azimio running mate selection panel.
Last week, the former vice president confirmed that he will not be attending the interviews, terming the process ‘demeaning to his stature.’
“I want to tell all Kenyans that I will not attend the said process. I find the entire thing demeaning to my person and will therefore distance myself from it,” the Wiper leader said.
But addressing journalists after facing the team tasked with searching Raila’s running mate on Tuesday, May 10, at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kalonzo said he did not want to give anyone an excuse to exclude him from being Raila Odinga’s running-mate.
“I decided to appear before the Azimio panel because we did not want to give anybody an excuse to say, ‘aligoma kuja’ (‘refused to come’),” Kalonzo said.
He further revealed that it was not an interview as earlier reported terming the process as a “wonderful conversation.”
Kalonzo who was speaking during a stopover at Sultan Hamud and Emali town on Thursday, May 5, instead called for a meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to discuss the position which has attracted at least five politicians.
But Azimio la Umoja –OK Council Secretary-General Junet Mohammed insisted that those seeking to be Raila’s running mate must go through the vetting process failure to which they will be automatically disqualified.
The panel which is led by seasoned politician Noah Wekesa began interviews on Monday, May 10, even as the IEBC deadline looms.
Some of those who have since been interviewed include Narc-K party leader Martha Karua and Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege.