Wiper Democratic Party, led by Wiper Democratic Movement led by Kalonzo Musyoka and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) of Isaac Ruto, has announced a new signing.
The party signed a cooperation agreement with the Jubilee Party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday June 17.
The deal penned at the Jubilee Party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi is a post-election agreement that will see the three parties work together in the run-up to the 2022 General Election.
Kalonzo was flanked by party officials including Chirau Ali Mwakwere (Chairman), Mutula Kilonzo (Cice-Chair), Chirau Ali Mwakwere and Judith Achieng Sijeny (Secretary General).
Isaac Ruto was also in the company of officials of his party led by Secretary General Buzeki Bundotich.
Also present were Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju who said he was hosting the function on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We have accepted the President’s call to work together. We are happy that we have been so well received by the Jubilee Party,” Kalonzo stated, moments after the signing.
The closed-door affair preceded the press conference conducted by Jubilee Party Secretary-General, Raphael Tuju, where the Wiper Party flag was placed right next to the ruling party’s own, symbolising the new pact.
“We were the first party to have a ‘Handshake’ with Jubilee. We thank Jubilee for going out of their way to work with all leaders. We want a handshake between election competitors to be a norm in Kenya. As CCM, we are for peace,” Isaac Ruto stated following the penning of the new deal.
On his part, CCM Secretary-General Zedekiah Bundotich Buzeki pointed out that that the key reason behind the new coalition was a shared interest of bringing Kenyans together.
Kalonzo’s party is in a coalition agreement with Mr Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, under the umbrella National Super Alliance (NASA).
However, speaking moments after signing the new cooperation deal with the Jubilee Party, Kalonzo was quick to brush off the NASA alliance as merely a fantasy on paper.
“The NASA summit has never sat since the election and we need to be realistic in our assessment. If a summit cannot meet, how can we continue?” he remarked.