Split looms in UDA over alliance formation

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Cracks have emerged in the deputy President William Ruto’s camp, with one group pushing for political alliances and others opposing it.

MP Moses Kuria and former agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri have insisted on forming an alliance, saying it will aid in negotiating a power-sharing agreement, especially for the Mt. Kenya region.

The duo noted it is good for the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region to have its political party bargain with Ruto, their stake in the next government.

“We must not be termed as tribalists when we announce plans to form our political party even as we pledge our support for Ruto. We should never go to a dowry ceremony riding the bride’s Mercedez Benz,” said Kuria.

Kiunjuri said nobody should boast that he has a national party in Kenya, noting that they are regional parties first and then try to get a niche nationally.

However, their proposals have been dismissed by their counterparts led by MPs Ndindi Nyoro and Kimani Ichung’wa and Senator Irungu Kang’ata. The three said that Mt. Kenya must unite under the United Democratic Alliance, ruling out the formation of pre-election pacts.

They accused the duo of engaging in ethnic politics, which they argued have been overtaken by events.

“The two hold different views from the rest of us who do not believe in ethnicity as a singular political mobilization tool. I honestly even have no time to listen to them,” said MP Ichung’wa.

Ruto had made it clear that he will not enter into any alliance as he seeks to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose tenure expires next year in August.

“Some are forming this alliance, while others are joining the other alliance. I want to tell them that I am preparing myself for them. I know you are with me and those in alliances should prepare for shock,” Ruto said.

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