On Friday, May 27 the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC published a list of shortlisted presidential candidates. They were 16 in number but Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka's name was missing.
This led to the party writing a protest letter to the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati questioning why a simple procedural flaw such as not submitting a list in Microsoft Excel format should cost their party leader the presidency.
This made the commission reconsider its decision and allow the former Vice President to resubmit the list of 48,000 Kenyans backing his presidency in the required Excel sheets in both hard copy and soft copy.
However, Wiper has now rescinded its decision to vie for the presidency. Members of the party led by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior told the Nation that although the IEBC has given them another chance, they are willing to drop the bid and support Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
It is said that Mr Musyoka has accepted the Chief Cabinet Secretary post but wants it to be formalized like the Prime Minister post Raila had in the Grand Coalition government. He has also been given the Ministry of Energy and Foreign Affairs docket.
"Our party leader called us and informed the members of his decision to work with those who are determined to end corruption and promote peace. This is despite the coalition mistreating us before," Mutula said.
Borabu Member of Parliament Ben Momanyi also said the party had decided to go back to Azimio and will start campaigns in earnest.
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