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Friday, January 28, 2022 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has dealt Deputy President William Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza partners a severe blow after signing into law the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021, popularly known as the Azimio Bill, paving the way for registration of Azimio la Umoja as a coalition ahead of the August 9 elections.
This came just hours after the Bill was passed by the Senate on Wednesday night after Uhuru and Raila’s allies trounced Ruto‘s friends in the Senate.
This means that Raila has the latitude to vie for president on Azimio La Umoja ticket once registered and still enjoy the support of individual parties in the Azimio La Umoja coalition.
The new law also allows aspirants for various seats to vie either on their coalition’s ticket or tickets of parties forming the coalition.
This gives room for aspirants to battle it out for various seats without the fear of being rigged out during party primaries.
Ruto has always been against creating coalitions in favour of one big political party.
At one point, Ruto asked smaller parties to fold and join UDA and transform into a big national party, a move that scared many for fear of being locked out during party primaries.
But the new law now gives room for the Azimio la Umoja team led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga to bring onboard as many partners as possible and create a Narc-like super coalition which is expected to give William Ruto a run for his money.
It also reduces the timeline required to form a coalition from 6 months before a General Election to 4 months before the polls among others.
The Kenyan DAILY POST