Kalonzo issues clarification about recognising 'Ruto as President


• He says a comprehensive audit of 2022 presidential polls will finally settle the matter.

Kalonzo Musyoka
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Claims that Azimio recognises President William Ruto as the real President have been denied by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

In a message posted to his Facebook page, Kalonzo claimed that his comments about the legitimacy of the current regime had been misinterpreted.

"I have noticed that a section of the media has in the last few hours misquoted my recent statement on the state of affairs in our country. Particularly on the legitimacy of the current regime," he said.

He said that through the bipartisan discussions, they would be able to audit the presidential elections of 2022 and resolve the dispute over the Kenya Kwanza government's legitimacy.

According to Kalonzo, the coalitions of Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja have both expressed political goodwill regarding the bipartisan 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. May God bless Kenya."

Speaking on Saturday, Kalonzo claimed that because of Ruto's support for continuing the unbiased negotiations between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio, the latter party recognised him as the president.

"We are going to call everybody to order. And nobody is going to stop these discussions. On that part, I must congratulate the President because he has put his foot down anasema mazungumzo iendelee," Kalonzo said. 

"Na kwa sababu ya kuonyesha msimamo huo, hata na sisi tunazidi kumtambua (And for taking that stance, we on our part continue to recognise him)."

Some of the leaders in Azimio did not agree with his comments, and Martha Karua, the leader of Narc Kenya, disregarded them.

In response to a report citing Kalonzo as saying that Azimio recognised Ruto as president, the leader of Narc Kenya refuted the assertions.

"Not true," Karua said.

Kalonzo claimed on Saturday that Azimio has no issues with the President other than the fact that he is astonished by the comments made by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who consistently dismisses the negotiations.

Gachagau has insisted that the talks won't result in anything.

"We have no issue with anyone, but we have a problem with some people's remarks. Like the Deputy President's remarks at a funeral in Ukambani. He spoke words that shocked the people of Machakos, some were just staring at him in disbelief," Kalonzo said. 

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