Raila: "Uhuru is not resigning from Azimio; That's sheer media propaganda"

for Tv47 Digital January 08, 2023, 04:19 PM
Azimio leader Raila Odinga and the coalition's chairman Uhuru Kenyatta
Azimio leader Raila Odinga and the coalition's chairman Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTOS/FILE

In Summary

  • Raila was speaking after a church service at Mombasa ACK cathedral, a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. 
  • Speculation has been rife that former President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to leave his post as Azimio chairman. 

Azimio's Raila Odinga has disputed claims that the coalition chairman Uhuru Kenyatta is set to leave the position. 

Speaking to journalists after attending a  church service at the Mombasa ACK cathedral on Sunday January, 8, the ODM party leader also said the Azimio coalition is strong and there is no power struggle. 

"I don't know where you are getting that information from," he answered to a question about Uhuru's rumoured resignation. "I was with him just yesterday. Even I talked to him just this morning. He has not given me any impression that he is going to resign from Azimio. That is sheer media propaganda. Uhuru is very much a member and part and parcel of Azimio leadership." 

Raila also affirmed that Azimio is still intact despite the rumours that the coalition is disintegrating. A few weeks ago, some leaders from Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper Democratic Movement demanded that Raila hands over Azimio leadership to Kalonzo. 

"There is nothing like a power struggle within Azimio. We work together very closely with Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Martha Karua…..we are going to strengthen Azimio as we also strengthen the constituent parties of the coalition," Raila clarified today. 

Raila was speaking a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. He urged Kenyans and political leaders to stop politicking in churches.

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