Kalonzo now to face Raila deputy interview panel


Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka will now face the Azimio advisory panel for Raila Odinga’s running mate interview.

Kalonzo who had previously indicated that he will not attend the interview, wrote to the Azimio One Kenya Running Mate Selection Panel confirming he will appear before the panel on Tuesday, May 10.

“His Excellency Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka SC, hereby states that he has decided to honour the invitation to attend interviews for the Azimio One Kenya running mate position that will be conducted by the panel of eminent persons,” the letter reads.

While addressing residents of Sultan Hamud and Emali town in Machakos on Thursday last week, Kalonzo said he would not face the selection panel.

“I have so much respect for the selection panel. Let them not perceive me as a rude person. But it’s Kenyans who have said that Kalonzo has been the Vice President to late President Mwai Kibaki for five years, Kalonzo has been Raila Odinga’s running mate from 2013 and 2017, what kind of interview is this which you are going for?” he asked.

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“I said in due respect that no, I will not appear for an interview.”

Kalonzo added that he surrendered his 2017 presidential candidature in favour of Raila, hence, a suitable man for the position.

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance council secretary general Junet Mohamed had earlier explained why the coalition must vet the person that will deputise Raila in the August 9 polls.

The Suna East MP said that the key reason they will have to vet potential candidates is because they do not want to end up with someone like the current deputy president.

“The guiding principle in identifying a running mate for the Azimio Presidential candidate is, we don’t want to have a deputy president like William Ruto,” Junet said.

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