Details have emerged regarding the abrupt cancellation of a crucial meeting of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition principals, led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. The cancellation was prompted by escalating tensions within the coalition, raising concerns that the meeting could worsen existing divisions.

The meeting, summoned by Azimio’s National Coalition Executive Committee chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, aimed to assess the coalition’s current status and evaluate the commitment of officials perceived as non-committal or lukewarm towards Azimio’s agenda. Tensions were notably high due to ambitions for the 2027 elections, with calls to dismiss officials not fully aligned with the coalition’s objectives.

Some members, who had reportedly distanced themselves from Azimio’s activities since its defeat in the 2022 presidential election, were slated for removal during the meeting. Notable figures, including Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua, were expected to attend the high-level session.

A message sent to National Coalition Executive Committee members cited an overlap with ongoing membership recruitment drives in Mombasa as the reason for the meeting’s postponement. However, reports suggest that the cancellation was a strategic move to prevent further divisions within both Azimio and ODM parties.

There were purported plans to remove Suna East MP Junet Mohamed from the position of Azimio Secretary-general. This followed revelations that Raila’s ODM sought to oust him from party leadership. Raila defended Junet, affirming his continued role within ODM.

Tensions within ODM further intensified, with former Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho opposing the move to fire Junet. The ODM Central Management Committee, chaired by Raila, had threatened Junet’s removal from party leadership, citing his alleged absence from parliamentary group meetings.

Notably, a previous meeting was also abandoned when Martha Karua reportedly rejected the proposed venue at the Kalonzo Musyoka Command Centre. Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni confirmed the scheduled meeting, attributing its postponement to the absence of both Kalonzo and Karua.

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