The political hemorrhage within the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition has continued after nine political leaders from ODM ditched their party leader Raila Odinga for his rival President William Ruto.
The leaders who held a meeting with President William Ruto at State House Niaorbi, have abandoned Odinga for what they termed as his ‘endless politics’.
Even though they haven’t officially joined the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, the leaders will moving forward snub Odinga’s country wide movement and focus on the government agenda.
This being a political stab to Odinga’s as President Ruto has managed to successfully snatch the leaders from his traditional political backyard in Nyanza.
Among the leaders who have attended the meeting include Tom Ojienda (Kisumu),Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu Town East) and Caroli Omondi (Suba South).
Others included Elisha Odhiambo (Gem),Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Phelix Odiwour AKA Jalango (Langata) and Mark Nyamita (Uriri).
This comes in the wake of the Kibra political rally over the weekend where some key allies within Odinga’s camp were conspicuously missing.
The scenario raising eyebrows of whether the coalition will remain intact amidst attempt President Ruto’s attempts to woo leaders across the country in his quest for unity.
Leaders who have failed to attend the three rallies held by Odinga so far include Azimio Secretary-General Junet Mohammed, ODM Chairman John Mbadi, Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe and former Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.
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On January 23, President Ruto met Jubilee Party Members of Parliament at State House, Nairobi.
The President said he was keen on uniting all the leaders to push the agenda of the people of Kenya forward.
The Jubilee leaders who graced the meeting included Sabina Chege (Nominated), Kanini Kega (EALA), David Kiaraho (Ol Kalou) and Irene Njoki (Bahati).
Others included Zachary Kwenya (Kinangop), Shadrack Mwiti (South Imenti), and Mark Mwenje (Embakasi West).
Jubilee is part of the larger Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance that ran against Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance in the August 2022 polls.
The Odinga led coalition has since planned a Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting on Thursday with some of the key agendas being to discuss how to consider the issue of lawmakers who have decamped.
The PG will also outline strategies on how to frustrate the Kenya Kwanza Alliance in Parliament ahead of the house sitting resumption.