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Azimio beats retreat on parallel Jamhuri Day meeting as Raila travels to US – Kenya Satellite News Network



By Wanja Waweru

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya alliance yesterday scrapped a planned parallel Jamhuri Day celebrations since its leader Raila Odinga will be away in the United States.

Sources within the coalition reported that Raila had been invited to attend a development partners meeting in his position as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

Following the invitation, the former Prime Minister, it is understood, will leave the country on Sunday and return on Tuesday, a day after Jamhuri Day.

“We will not have the rally because our leader will not be present. We were waiting for confirmation and now that it is here, we can’t continue. Mzee (Raila) is expected to jet out of the country on Sunday for that function, because he has a role to play and we can’t continue without him,” said an insider aware of the planned US tour.

The move came hours after leader of the Minority in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi announced that the coalition had cancelled the parallel celebrations which were to be held at the Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East constituency.

Accompanied by MPs Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West), Mark Mwenje (Embakasi West), Irene Kasalu (Kitui Woman Rep) and George Aladwa (Makadara), Wandayi said the cancellation had been occasioned by upcoming engagements that will keep the party’s leaders away before and after the celebrations.

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