Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has denied reports suggesting he had accepted President William Ruto’s as a legitimate Head of State.
Kalonzo iterated that his statements in Taita Taveta County were inaccurately reported.
Kalonzo has faulted the media for consistently “misrepresenting’ his views on President William Ruto’s election legitimacy.
“As AZIMIO, we remain clear that the issues for discussion and negotiations as framed by both teams, include among others; A comprehensive audit of the 2022 presidential elections that in our view will finally settle the matter,”
The Wiper Party leader updated the ongoing bipartisan talks, confirming both political sides’ sincere goodwill in the negotiations.
“We also encourage Kenyans to participate in this important process by sending their memoranda within the given timeline as recently advertised in the dailies,”
Martha Karua, Azimio’s co-principal, had denied reports of Kalonzo endorsing President William Ruto’s election as legitimate, prompting Kalonzo’s statement.
Speaking during a funeral service in Taita Taveta, Kalonzo lauded President Ruto for his commitment to the Bipartisan Talks.
“We congratulate the President for putting his foot down and supporting the continuation of the talks,”
Kalonzo says that President Ruto has shown maturity and statesmanship, unlike his deputy Rigathi Gachagua who has endlessly talked ill of the talks.
“Because of his [President Ruto] stand, we recognise him and we will wait for the next time because who knows? God’s plans may be with us next,” Kalonzo – who leads the Azimio-One Kenya team in the talks.
Earlier in the year Azimio Leader Raila Odinga stated that he would not acknowledge Ruto as the legitimately elected president.
Odinga stated that this is unless a forensic audit of the 2022 elections occurs.
The talks seek to address the post-2022 General Election crisis, marked by opposition-led anti-government demonstrations nationwide.
The National Dialogue Committee has until the end of October to discuss electoral justice and reforms in the country.