Twist as Gideon Moi in Karen ahead of Kalonzo Musyoka announcement

Kanu party leader Gideon Moi and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka. 

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Gideon Moi has arrived at SKM command centre in Karen where Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka is set to make a big announcement. 

The Kanu leader was first spotted arriving at KICC around 11.12am on Monday, where Azimio leader Raila Odinga is set to name his running mate. Surprisingly, however, he was spotted at Mr Musyoka's SKM centre in Karen just an hour later.

Gideon Moi arrives at SKM command centre in Karen kalonzo musyoka

Gideon Moi (in black mask) arrives at SKM command centre in Karen on May 16, 2022.

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Mr Moi had proposed Mr Musyoka as Mr Odinga’s running mate, but recent protests by Wiper leaders including threats to exit the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party suggests things may not be going the former vice president’s way.

However, the move by Senator Moi to join Mr Musyoka comes just under an hour after Kanu reiterated its commitment to the Azimio la Umoja spirit, saying it has no plans of bolting out of the coalition party. 

Secretary-General Nick Salat said the party will support the Azimio flag bearer without any conditions. Mr Salat, who is among the leaders already at the KICC where Mr Odinga is expected to unveil his running mate, said despite the party chairman Mr Moi fronting Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's name as the preferred running mate choice, the party will abide by the ODM leader's choice. 

He said Kanu has no plans of backing Mr Musyoka for presidency is such plans exist. 

"We are in Azimio for the long haul come what may. Those thinking otherwise will be in for a rude shock. Baba for President," Mr Salat told the Nation

Wiper party leaders have threatened to go it alone in the August election should Mr Odinga fail to name Mr Musyoka as his second in command. By yesterday, it was not clear whether Kanu was also on the same wavelength as Wiper, as Mr Moi and Mr Musyoka held talks in Nairobi, with details of the meeting remaining scanty.

Mr Moi, who had seconded Mr Musyoka as Kanu’s preferred running mate for Mr Odinga, did not respond to queries over whether he also supports Wiper’s attempts to leave Azimio.

But Mr Salat gave assurance to Mr Odinga that the independence party will back his bid, even as Mr Musyoka's party convened a meeting this morning to make the big announcement.