Raila says Praise for Kalonzo is not endorsement.
Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has clarified that his praise for Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is not an endorsement as Azimio’s presidential candidate in 2027.
“Mr Odinga clarifies that his praise for Kalonzo Musyoka for standing with him in three successive elections, the Wiper leader’s strong Christian values and the support Musyoka has built across the country was not an endorsement of Musyoka as the Azimio presidential candidate in 2027,” the statement reads in parts.
While setting the record straight, Raila assured Azimio supporters that he was not exiting the political arena and that his words of praise for Kalonzo did not intend to mean that he was quitting active politics.
He also affirmed that it is too early for a political party to name its presidential candidate noting that the coalition will name its presidential candidate months or a year before the 2027 elections.
“Odinga views Azimio as a coalition of equals, in which every leader stands a fair and equal chance to emerge as the presidential candidate in 2027, depending on each leader’s relationship with the party membership. That candidate will however not be named until a year or just months to the 2027 election,” the statement added.