Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed former prime minister Raila Odinga is an isolated politician hours after his Azimio la Umoja convention at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi.
The lawmaker who’s allied to Deputy President William Ruto argued President Uhuru Kenyatta’s endorsement of the ODM leader had worked against him.
“In President Kenyatta’s scheme of things Azimio la Raila just like its predecessor handshake/BBI was supposed to include everybody & isolate the DP. Unfortunately it ended up excluding everybody and isolating Raila Odinga. In the end, it became Azimio la Utapeli,” Murkomen tweeted on Friday, December 10, night.
Murkomen’s remarks came after One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula skipped Raila’s big day.
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi said he had personal engagements and described the former NASA presidential candidate as a worthy competitor.
Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula snubbed the invite from the Orange party.
“I received an invitation to my brother Hon R A Odinga party leader ODM to attend his Azimio event tomorrow. Due to prior engagements, I will not attend. I wish him well,” Wetang’ula said.
Wiper Party officials also confirmed Raila’s former running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s absence due to official engagements in Juba, South Sudan, where he is Kenya’s special envoy.
Gideon Moi’s attendance
KANU chairman Gideon Moi, a member of OKA, made a surprise appearance at Raila’s Azimio La Umoja national convention.
The Baringo senator appeared to suggest he may work with the ODM leader ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The lawmaker said it was his turn to pay respects since the ODM boss graced a similar fete organised by KANU.
“We are allied forces, when Baba gains ground we also gain ground, and when we gain ground Baba also gains because we are allied forces. I know this is a moving target, it will settle. Airm your guns, I will also aim my guns at the target,” he said.