Africa-Press – Kenya. Former Kakamega County Senator Boni Khalwale has claimed that Azimio is not ready for the August 9 General Election.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV on Wednesday morning, Khalwale said that if the coalition was ready, they would have already settled on a running mate.
“If for argument’s sake it is true that Azimio has not decided on who is their running mate, then they are not ready for these elections,” he said.
Khalwale said that the decision on who should be Raila Odinga’s running mate should have been done earlier, adding that before he dropped out of the Kakamega governor race, he had already had chosen his deputy.
He added that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance leaders were not under any pressure and were going to announce their presidential running mate soon.
His remarks come a day after Deputy President William Ruto said that he will release the name of the Alliance running mate before Monday.
“I want to assure you that as Kenya Kwanza and as a candidate in the next General election we will have our running mate forwarded to the IEBC before the deadline,” Ruto said while addressing the press at his Karen residence on Tuesday.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati had announced that the commission is expecting to receive the presidential running mates by May 16.
Meanwhile, the panel chosen to interview the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance deputy president hopefuls will release the names of the three top candidates on Wednesday.
This is after the two-day interview that began on Monday and concluded on Tuesday.
Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta will then vet the three for a final decision.
Among the 10 members interviewed were; Narc Kenya boss Martha Karua, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Lee Kinyajui (Nakuru) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).
Others were former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Muranga County Woman Rep Sabina Chege, former Kenyan Ambassador to Australia Stephen Tarus and Agriculture CS Peter Munya.