Prof. Mutua's take on Kenya Kwanza attracting Azimio members
- Azimio is accusing President-elect William Ruto of plotting to kill the Raila Odinga-led coalition by corrupting its members into joining Kenya Kwanza.
- Prof. Makau Mutua: "Mr. Ruto preaches water but drinks wine. He ought to know democracy requires vibrant pluralism in which different political parties compete on issues. Attempts to cannibalize Azimio by corrupting its members will not succeed."
Azimio La Umoja Omoja One Kenya Coalition on Friday slammed President-elect William Ruto, accusing him of plotting to take Kenya back to the old days of one-party state.
In a statement from Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat Spokesperson Prof. Makau Mutua, Azimio reads dictatorial tendencies like the one witnessed during the KANU era in Ruto's recent behaviour.
The coalition accuses Ruto of bribing leaders elected as independents and on the Azimio Coalition to defect to his Kenya Kwanza side, a move Prof. Mutua says will defeat the independence of the legislature and "retard the growth of multi-party democracy."
"Mr. Ruto preaches water but drinks wine. He ought to know democracy requires vibrant pluralism in which different political parties compete on issues. Attempts to cannibalize Azimio by corrupting its members will not succeed," says Prof. Mutua.
Azimio's sentiments come hours after the United Democratic Movement - a party under its umbrella - led by Mandera Governor-elect Ali Roba joined Ruto's Kenya Kwanza.
More so, 10 out of the 12 MPs elected as independents have already shown intent to join Kenya Kwanza. On Friday, Meru Governor-elect - elected as independent candidate - joined Ruto's political outfit.
Prof. Mutua: The law is clear
Prof. Mutua further says that the law that led to the formation of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya — and its Deed of Agreement — set out the ground rules and conditions under which members can exit the coalition.
"There are clear guidelines. Mr. Ruto should know that it is illegal for him, or others, to induce members to purport to leave Azimio. No member of Azimio has legally invoked the process of leaving the coalition. All the members who signed as original members are still members in good standing. So, any purported defections are a legal nullity."
Azimio now says that Ruto should not be allowed to take the country back to the old days of KANU dictatorship.
"He needs to stop engaging in the culture of political corruption. We know he wants to create propaganda to give the impression that he is the inevitable victor. The court will be the final arbiter on who won this election, and we are confident that we won it. Why has Mr. Ruto panicked and resorted to illegal and corrupt conduct in violation of the law? It can only be because he has sensed defeat.
"We urge Kenyans to see Mr. Ruto’s hypocrisy and his disregard for the law for what it is. We ask our supporters and those elected on Azimio, or as Independents, to stand firm to vindicate our democracy."
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