Activist Boniface Mwangi removed from Azimio WhatsApp groups as fallout continues

for Tv47 Digital September 13, 2022, 10:38 AM
Boniface Mwangi laughing
Boniface Mwangi was a volunteer at the Azimio Campaign Secretariat. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • In a hard-hitting commentary, he accused unnamed people close to Raila Odinga of betrayal and sleeping on the job. 
  • Buck-passing and blame-shifting have become Azimio's stock-in-trade since the humiliating poll loss. 

Vocal activist Boniface Mwangi says he has been removed from Azimio La Umoja campaign WhatsApp groups following his hard-hitting commentary on why the coalition's presidential candidate Raila Odinga lost in the August 9 general election.  

Writing on social media, Mwangi says the decision to remove him "is a silly and petty." 

"I have been removed from all the campaign WhatsApp groups which is a silly and petty move. If l wanted to drag and name the specific people who caused us the defeat, I would have done so but l didn’t. It seems my shift at the team has come to an end. I wish them well."

Mwangi was one of the volunteers in the Azimio Presidential Secretariat. This gave him access to some insider information about the campaign. 

He says Azimio was overconfident of beating their main challenger -William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance. The cockiness, compounded by "grossly underestimating our opponent cost us the presidential election," he writes. 

In the long screed which he posted on Facebook on Monday, the eve of President William Ruto's inauguration as the fifth President of Kenya, Mwangi tore into Azimio's campaign strategy, betrayal by some of Raila's lieutenants, and the coalition's failures at the national tallying centre. 

"Azimio had too many self-important people doing zero work; sycophants, the presidential candidate’s family, and incompetent people in critical roles. They behaved as if we had won and failed to carry out their assigned roles diligently. They trashed feedback, ignored messages, and never returned calls," he writes. "The Kenya Kwanza team capitalized on our hubris, organized better, worked harder, and got the controversial win."

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