Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday refuted reports indicating that he had acknowledged the validity of President William Ruto’s election as legitimately elected Head of State.
The former Vice President in a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke reiterated that his remarks, which he made in Taita Taveta County were misquoted.
Kalonzo criticized media outlets for persistently ‘misinterpreting’ his comments regarding the legitimacy of President William Ruto’s election.
“As AZIMIO, we remain clear that the issues for discussion and negotiations as framed by both teams, include among others; A comprehensive audit of the 2022 presidential elections that in our view will finally settle the matter,” he explained.
Kalonzo Musyoka speaking in Taita Taveta County on August 3, 2023.
The Wiper Party leader also gave an update on the ongoing bipartisan talks maintaining that both political formations had demonstrated goodwill in the talks.
“We also encourage Kenyans to participate in this important process by sending their memoranda within the given timeline as recently advertised in the dailies,” he added.
The statement from Kalonzo came a few hours after Azimio principal Martha Karua refuted reports that Kalonzo had endorsed the legitimacy of President William Ruto’s election.
Speaking in Taita, Kalonzo remarked that President William Ruto had shown statesmanship by showing level-headedness in the bipartisan talks.
“I must congratulate the President because he has put his foot down and agreed on the dialogue to continue. Because of that, we continue to recognise him,” he stated.
Azimio Leader Raila Odinga in January remarked that unless a forensic audit of the 2022 elections is done, he would not recognise Ruto as the validly elected President.
His position was adopted by the Azimio Coalition and is one of the key issues to be discussed by the National Dialogue Committee co-chaired by Kalonzo and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah.
The National Dialogue Committee has until the end of October to discuss electoral justice and reforms in the country.
Members of the National Dialogue committee during a meeting at Bomas on August 21, 2023