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Azimio in Crisis as Youth Leaders in the Party Complain of Unfair Rights in the Coalition.

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition is the largest coalition in Kenya having upto twenty six parties in it. The party is led by Top Kenyan leaders: Raila Odinga of ODM, former President Uhuru Kenyatta, NARC leader Martha Karua and Wiper party leaders, Kalonzo Musyoka among others.

The coalition suffered a great blow after loosing in the August 9th General Elections to Dr. William Ruto of Kenya Kwanza. After the election things have not been the same in the coalition. There have been defections from the coalitions to Kenya Kwanza. Parties like UDM and DEP left Azimio and joined Kenya Kwanza.

Few days ago the party made National Assembly nominations same as those of the Senate. The coalition choose Opiyo Wandayi as the Majority leader, Robert Mbui as the Deputy Majority leader, Junet Mohammed as the Majority whip and Sabina Chege as the Deputy Majority whip. In the senate they nominated Steward Madzayo as Minority leader, Enock Wambui as Deputy Minority leader, Fatuma Dulo as minority whip and Edwin Sifuna as the Deputy minority whip.

After the nominations complains have been raised in the house, with the ODM chair, John Mbadi wanting some replacement to be done. There were also concerns as the Embakasi East law maker, Babu Owino claimed that his position of being the PAC was taken by John Mbadi.

Babu Owino's alarm has brought up mixed reactions in the coalition. Arnold Maliba a youth leader in the Azimio also has lauded Babu Owino's complains. Speaking at NTV on 26th September he confirmed that in Azimio youth are not considered.

According to Maliba only the elders are given to have top seats in the coalition. Maliba added that Babu Owino had all the qualification to be the PAC and not John Badi. As at now Azimio is at risk of breaking up if the top leaders won't take action and solve the issues.

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