The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday, May 25,approved that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka will be among the 22 Presidential candidate in the August polls.

The newly approved list has shown Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s determination to have his name on the ballot after failing to clinch the running mate slot in the Azimio La Umoja coalition.

Kalonzo will now battle it out with his former ally and Azimio la Umoja contestant Raila Odinga as well as Kenya Kwanza’s preferred candidate, William Ruto.

Others who have been approved include David Mwaure of Agano Party, Jimmy Wanjigi of Safina Party, Mwangi Wa Iria (Usawa kwa Wote party) and Prof George Wajakoya (Roots party).

Grita Muthoni of Ford Asili and Justus Juma (Justice and Freedom Party) also met the deadline alongside independent candidates Reuben Kigame, James Kamau and Gibson Nganga.

Other approved independent candidates include Dorothy Kemuyu, Peter Mumbiko, Duncan Oduor, Faith Ngigi, Erastus Masira and Jeremiah Nyagah.

Other approved independent candidates include Dorothy Kemuyu, Peter Mumbiko, Duncan Oduor, Faith Ngigi, Erastus Masira and Jeremiah Nyagah.

Monday is the deadline set by the electoral agency for all presidential aspirants to submit to the commission 2,000 signatures of registered voters, who have backed their bids to run for the high office, from at least 24 counties.

The signatures must be accompanied by the names of the supporters, their signatures and a copy of identity cards or passport numbers.

IEBC Kalonzo’s approval further complications to the Azimio la Umoja Coalition who are keen on wooing Kalonzo back to their fold.

Kalonzo reportedly flew out of the country to London last Friday for a private visit, denting efforts by Raila Odinga’s close allies to formalise discussions.

While away, the Wiper boss reportedly gagged all his close allies from commenting publicly about his political future until he returns later this week.

“Don’t drag me there, please, instructions are clear that we are not giving interviews about Kalonzo, just for now,” an MP said.

But even then, Wiper party officials were on Monday holding a meeting at Stoni Athi in Machakos County which at least 500 party aspirants were attending.

On Monday, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka was prevailed upon by party officials to reconsider his decision to vie for the presidency.

The resolution was reached during a delegates meeting at Stoni Athi in Machakos County on Monday.

The officials asked Kalonzo to exhaust all dispute resolution mechanisms within the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party.

“There is a dispute resolution under that alliance, so we are asking our party leader that we do consider the possibility of having further discussions on this coalition arrangement,” organizing secretary Robert Mbui said.

Mbui said the reason the Wiper party decided to bolt out of Azimio and declare that Kalonzo would vie for the presidency was because there was initially no room for discussions.

By Kenyan report

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