NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 8 – Close to 32 Jubilee MPs have broken ranks with the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya and joined hands with the President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
This followed a meeting with President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua at State House Nairobi on Wednesday.
Led by Nominated MP Sabina Chege and EALA MP Kanini Kega the leaders committed to work with the government abandoning the revolution agenda by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“We don’t want to feel left out in your government so we kindly request you to include us in your development plans,” Chege said.
Eldas MP Adan Keynan asserted that they will join hands to bolster the agenda of President Ruto’s administration.
“We want to be part of this government having been together before the last elections,” Keynan stated.
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.
It comes barely 24 hours 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 Nairobi, have abandoned Odinga for what they termed as his ‘endless politics’.
“It was a very cordial meeting and the MPs were categorical that they want development and not politics,” an official privy of the meeting deliberations told Capital FM news.
The political hemorrhage within the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition has continued to deal a blow Odinga’s political movement.
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.