RAPHAEL TUJU has been appointed executive director of Azimio secretariat, to coordinate member parties, Raila presidential campaign press announces. (Read More Here).
Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango said the appointment takes effect immediately.
“A communication specialist by training, Hon Tuju has decades of experience in politics and government, having served as Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Jubilee Party Secretary General,” said Onyango.
In his new role, Tuju is expected to coordinate Azimo coalition partners as well as lead the strategic and program teams to ensure the coalition led by Odinga forms the next government after the August 9 General Election.
The SG was replaced by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni.
Jubilee party is one of the founding members of the Azimio la Umoja coalition that has the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said Mr Tuju has decades of experience in politics and governance, having served as Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Jubilee Party Secretary General.
The Azimio Coalition party brings together more than 20 political parties including the ruling Jubilee led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Odinga’s ODM and the Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper.
“…the over 20 political parties have diverse regional strengths, opinions and a myriad of leadership that represent the face of Kenya,” the statement reads in part.
Mr Tuju resigned as Jubilee Secretary General and Cabinet Secretary without portfolio to venture into active politics.
He had announced that he would seek elective seat either in his Siaya backyard or in Nairobi, but until his appointment, the former Rarieda MP had not announced his next move.
He was mulling vying for either Rarieda or Lang’ata MP seat, or join the Siaya gubernatorial or senatorial races.
On Tuesday, Mr Musyoka also indicated that Mr Tuju had been nominated to map the way on zoning to avoid sibling rivalry by Azimio member parties.
“We have nominated Raphael Tuju to sit as chair and he will be assisted by political parties’ secretary generals,” said Mr Musyoka.