Wiper to join Jubilee-Kanu coalition, Kalonzo announces

Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party has resolved to get into a coalition with Jubilee and Kanu.

Kalonzo on Saturday said Wiper’s national Executive Council passed a resolution to join the Jubilee Party.

“During our virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting where a resolution for cooperation agreement between @WiperMovement, Jubilee and KANU was passed,” Kalonzo tweeted.

Early May, Kalonzo had hinted that his party is working on a post-election coalition agreement with the ruling Jubilee Party and the Kanu.

Speaking in an interview on Citizen TV on May 11, Kalonzo said Wiper was open to the idea of working with Jubilee after Kanu engaged Jubilee in a coalition agreement.

“Wiper will be ready to enter into a cooperation agreement with both Kanu and Jubilee when that time comes. We are open to that,” Kalonzo said..

“Wiper had our national executive council meeting virtually and we agreed that we need to open negotiations and be able to move in that direction,” he added.

In a move aimed at confirming President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stewardship in Jubilee, the party has  formed a post-election merger with Kanu to sideline Deputy President William Ruto.

Kanu is led by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who is a rival of Ruto in the Rift Valley.

Through a statement signed by Kanu secretary general Nick Salat on May 4 and which was addressed to the Registrar of Political Parties, the merger is said to be a post-election coalition with the intent of bringing together the respective members.

Kalonzo’s announcement follows a meeting with Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto, pointing to a possible government of national unity.

The move, however, would prove problematic as it is illegal to be in two coalitions at the same time. Wiper is still part of he NASA coalition, in which Kalonzo was a running mate in 2017 General Election.

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