‘We now recognise you as president’,Kalonzo-Ruto’s bipartisanship.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has officially stated that the opposition recognizes William Ruto’s legitimacy as Kenya’s fifth President.
On Saturday, September 2, Kalonzo made the statements while attending the burial of nominated Taita Taveta MCA Constance Mwandawiro in Voi.
He stated that the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition’s view on Ruto’s legitimacy has shifted as a result of his commitment to ongoing bipartisan dialogue with the opposition.
According to Kalonzo, despite opposition from his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, the Head of State shown maturity and statesmanship by supporting the national discourse.
He stated that the opposition would wait until the 2027 elections to run for president.
“We congratulate the president for putting his foot down and supporting the continuation of talks,” Kalonzo said.
“We recognize him because of his (Ruto’s) stand, and we will wait for the next time because who knows?” “God’s plans might take us next,” he added.
Nobody, according to Kalonzo, who co-chairs the National Dialogue Committee with Kenya Kwanza’s Kimani Ichung’wah, would put a stop to the negotiations, which have now gotten approval from the National Assembly and the Senate.
“We disagree with what certain individuals are saying. President Ruto’s deputy (Gachagua) attended a burial in Ukambani, and his remarks there had citizens wondering what kind of leader he is. But we will summon everyone to order,” Kalonzo declared, accusing Gachagua of attempting to derail the peace plan.
The National Dialogue Committee was formed to address the political crisis that saw Azimio leader Raila Odinga call for street protests against what he called government misdeeds.
The committee’s ten members recently agreed on five important areas for negotiation. Among the topics are the expense of living, the execution of the two-thirds gender rule, the restructuring and reconstruction of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and the entrenchment of the positions of the Leader of the Official Opposition and Prime Minister.
Azimio had earlier this year rejected the results of last year’s presidential election, claiming that their candidate, Raila, had been rigged out.
Raila and his supporters claimed to have evidence that the former prime minister won the election by more than two million ballots. The discussion has subsequently cooled down.