Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has denied that the Azimio la Umoja coalition is looking for state jobs in the new administration.
On Saturday, September 17, Kalonzo stated that they were preoccupied with providing oversight over the new government and ensuring that it delivers on the promises made to Kenyans during the campaign period.
He also stated that the Azimio team would work tirelessly to keep the government in check.
“We are not interested in State jobs whatsoever. We have a lot of work to do as we have demonstrated, of keeping the Government in check,” he stated.
The Wiper party leader also questioned President William Ruto’s proposal to fund the Judiciary with Ksh3 billion to increase its financial autonomy. According to Kalonzo, this tactic was used to buy favor with the Judiciary, which is supposed to be an independent arm of the national government.
“The financial and operational autonomy of the Judiciary will not be guaranteed through tokenism,” he noted.
“Ruto should tame his appetite for throwing money at institutions to buy friendship. Keep off Judiciary and let Parliament do its work,” he added.
The Azimio coalition also claimed that the new government devised a plan to fire the four dissenting IEBC commissioners for interfering with Ruto’s election as the country’s fifth president.
They poked holes in the alleged scheme and pointed out that it had no foundation.
The Azimio coalition’s statements come after Ruto ruled out the possibility of appointing any opposition member to government positions. He contended that their work would provide oversight to the new administration.
“Azimio members should play their oversight role. We want an Opposition that will hold us accountable. We have nothing to hide,” Ruto previously stated.
In the past, the president has ruled out a handshake with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, arguing that the government would work more effectively with the opposition team to keep the administration in check