Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has appeared before the interview panel vetting potential candidates to deputize Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga in his August presidential bid.
Speaking shortly after the session on Tuesday, May 10, Kalonzo said no one had forced him to present himself before the seven-member committee headed by former minister Dr. Noah Wekesa.
He stated that he instead opted to attend the interviews so that the committee would not use it as a reason to accuse him of boycotting the session.
Kalonzo had earlier maintained that he would not be attending the interviews, which he labeled “demeaning”, arguing that he should be the automatic pick for the position.
He only made a U-turn on the last day, with Odinga’s Campaign Press Secretary Dennis Onsarigo announcing early Tuesday that he would be meeting the selection panel.
Kalonzo’s quest has seen the endorsement of his own party, as well as Gideon Moi’s KANU party.
Moi’s team on Monday said he would not be appearing before the selection panel as expected, but that he had opted out of the race in favour of Kalonzo.
“While Senator Gideon Moi is suitable and capable to be the running mate of Odinga, on this one he will not be appearing. He has ceded his nomination to endorse Kalonzo Musyoka,” KANU’s Secretary for Political Affairs Fredrick Okang’o said.
Other candidates scheduled to meet the panel on Tuesday are former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Ambassador Stephen Tarus, Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu and Agriculture CS Peter Munya.
Tuesday is the last day of the vetting exercise which has been going on since Wednesday, May 4.
Odinga is thereafter set to unveil the successful candidate to the public ahead of the May 16 deadline presidential aspirants have to submit their running mates to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).