NAIROBI, Kenya, June 1 – Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has dropped out of his presidential bid and is back in the Azimio coalition after accepting the post of Chief Cabinet Secretary offered by Raila Odinga.
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Kalonzo said he came to the decision after extensive consultations with his party officials.
He announced that he had postponed his candidacy and would fully support Odinga’s campaigns.
“After wide consultations, I accept with great humility my appointment as Chief Minister of the Azimio One Kenya coalition,” he said.
He also announced that he was traveling to Mukuru Kwa Njenga where he will address a joint rally with Raila, Karua among other coalition leaders and members.
Kalonzo was flanked by several windshield wiper leaders, and KANU President Gideon Moi, who would spearhead the intense negotiations that saw Kalonzo join Azimio.
The Wiper leader also congratulated Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua on being chosen as the running mate of the Azimio coalition, also pledging to fully support their candidacy as well as the coalition.
“I am getting involved in the Azimio One Kenya campaign because our goal is to win,” he said.
Last month, Kalonzo announced he would run for president in the August 9 election, after the party severed ties with the Azimio coalition led by Raila Odinga for deception.
His actions came after Odinga chose Martha Karua as his running mate, a spot he believed to be his reserve.