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We Knew They Were Playing For Both Sides’ – Tuju On Mutua, Kingi Exit From Azimio

The Executive Director of the Azimio Secretariat Raphael Tuju has weighed in on the exits of Governor Alfred Mutua and Amason Kingi from the coalition, saying that the move was to no one’s surprise.

Tuju who addressed journalists at Serena Hotel on Monday said some of those who had left were playing both sides, and had been in active negotiations with Kenya Kwanza. 

According to Tuju, the clamor for the signed document which is at the heart of the fallout was only for the purposes of benchmarking against the deal they were negotiating with the other side. 

“Some of them were negotiating with the other side and needed this document for purposes of benchmarking, and since we knew this from our intelligence, there was no reason to continue to engage them,” Tuju said. 

Tuju compared the document in question to a marriage certificate, arguing that a certificate itself does not constitute a marriage. 

According to him, any union invites only the willing, and no one can be forced to be in any engagement against their will. 

“A marriage certificate does not make the marriage, it does not matter what is in the document, the document of the coalition is just a document, what is carried to the next level is good will,” Tuju added. 

“If they leave a marriage because of a marriage certificate, is that honesty?”

Tuju also poured cold water on claims that the parties which exited the coalition had yet to read the document they signed with Azimio La Umoja. 

“They know what they signed, and they read, if you tell me you signed without reading, whose problem is that?” Tuju posed. 

 Meanwhile, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has officially joined the Kenya Kwanza camp, and has vowed to campaign for its presidential candidate, the second-in-command, DP Ruto who seeks the top seat in August. 

Addressing the press at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, Dr. Mutua said his Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) party had sealed the deal on Sunday night, adding that he has copies of the agreement, “unlike in Azimio”.

The Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu on Monday morning confirmed that MCC, alongside Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s Pamoja African Alliance party, had written to her office expressing intention to leave the Azimio Coalition.“I have received only two (requests of parties wanting to leave the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition party); the Maendeleo Chap Chap and the Pamoja African Alliance,” Ms. Nderitu told Citizen TV on the Day Break show.

The MCC party claims it has been kept in the dark over the Azimio la Umoja affairs and it has been unable to access the coalition agreement or understand its terms.

“As a party we have been excluded from Azimio line-ups, campaign programs and funding. We have also not been shown, or even allowed to discuss what our roles would be after the elections,” said Mutua.

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