Show of might as Azimio bigwigs grace Uhuru’s Jubilee meeting
In a show of political might, former president Uhuru Kenyatta received the support of senior opposition leader during the Jubilee party National Delegates Conference in Nairobi on May 22, 2023.
Among those in attendance were Azimio leader Raila Odinga and Martha Karua
Mr Odinga, with support from the former president and Ms Karua as his running mate, finished second behind President Ruto in the 2022 presidential elections.
Other leaders present at the political event were Kalonzo Musyoka, Eugene Wamalwa, and George Wajackoya.
Kalonzo was an intergral part of Mr Odinga and Ms Karua’s team in the run up to the polls, while Mr Wajackoyah contested for the presidency and finished third. He has since teamed up with Mr Odinga.
The arrival of Mr Odinga at the venue was greeted by cheers by the delegates present.
On the other hand, despite failing to galvanise support for Mr Odinga’s presidential bid in her Central Kenya home turf, Ms Karua, is a seasoned lawyer and politician, and known for for her unwavering principles.
Meanwhile, Mr Musyoka who contested as Mr Odinga’s running mate in the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections, is an experienced politician and former vice-president.
Also present was Eugene Wamalwa, a close ally of the former president who also served as Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Defence in Mr Kenyatta’s government. He is also the DAP-Kenya party leader and has already declared interest in contesting for the presidency in 2027.
Notably, Wajackhoya, a rising star and a symbol of the youth movement in Kenyan politics, was also present at the event.
As the NDC commenced, discussions shifted from the party’s internal affairs to the broader issues facing the nation.
The opposition leaders took center stage, sharing their perspectives, visions, and proposals for a better Kenya. Their presence injected a sense of dynamism into the proceedings, prompting lively debates and encouraging a spirit of cooperation across party lines.
Most of them hit out at President Ruto for failing to tame the high cost of living and levying higher taxes on Kenyans.