Twist as Kalonzo, Raila Set to Meet Despite Divorce; Raila Cautioned Against Early Celebrations & How Kalonzo’s Azimio Exit Will Cost Sonko Millions

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After months of speculations, half-truths, threats and lobbying, the leading presidential contenders, Azimio’s candidate Raila Odinga and his closest rival from Kenya Kwanza William Ruto, have finally made their choices for running mates.

With Ruto gambling with Mathira MP and one of his key loyalists Rigathi Gachagua and Odinga going for the Iron Lady Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, it is now up to the two camps to hit the ground running and amass as many votes as possible in an election that is deemed too-close-to-call.

However, for the Azimio camp, the choice to pick Karua came at the expense of losing one of their key principals, Wiper supremo Kalonzo Musyoka, who held a parallel event where he named his own deputy despite being promised the role of Chief Cabinet Secretary.

Kalonzo, who had threatened to exit the mega coalition in the event he fails to be nominated for the joint ticket, will now square off with the two top contenders in the race that has now taken a new twist.

This now begs the question, which among these formations do you think stands the best chance to clinch the presidency? Could Kalonzo’s quest for presidency mean Kenya is headed for the first election run-off?

Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Twist as Kalonzo, Raila Set to Meet Despite Wiper Leader Leaving Azimio

Raila holed up in meeting with Kalonzo ahead of Azimio NDC

Even as the Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka bolted out of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition, the move has taken a new twist as fresh details emerge.

It has been revealed that Kalonzo and Raila will still meet for negotiations. According to details, the talks between Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are expected to continue until at least the end of May.

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Raila Cautioned Against Early Celebrations As Details Emerge on Ruto-Gachagua Ticket

Kenya elections 2022: Raila Odinga picks Martha Karua as running mate - BBC  News

Political analyst Herman Manyora has now said that Raila and his allies will have committed political suicide by assuming that Martha Karua’s candidature will bring wonders to the Azimio-One Kenya alliance ahead of the much-awaited 2022 General election.

Manyora has now said that it will/must take the help of President Uhuru Kenyatta together with his Battalion to ensure that Raila gets over 70% in the Mt Kenya region.

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How Kalonzo’s Azimio Exit Will Cost Sonko Millions

Is Sonko running for Mombasa governor?

No sooner had he announced his bid for the Mombasa governor race in the August 9, General Election, Wiper Party aspirant Mike Mbuvi Sonko assembled a huge campaign machinery.

This signaled the start of full-fledged campaigns for his candidature and that of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential aspirant Raila Odinga.

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