DP Ruto, Mudavadi, lose in Parliament as bill sails to next stage

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Allies of Deputy President William Ruto and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and could not put up enough numbers in Parliament to block plans by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to put up legislation, through the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021, to guide the formation of the grand Azimio Coalition party.

The bill has seen opposition from Mudalia Mudavadi and William Ruto’s camps over what the two claim to be a plot by President Uhuru and Raila Odinga to have an upper hand in 2022.

According to ANC politicians, the bill’s February deadline will lock out Musalia Mudavadi from the presidential race and force him to either work with DP Ruto or Hon Raila Odinga.

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On the other hand, William Ruto and his allies in UDA do not intend to form any pre-election political pacts with smaller parties, making Raila’s Azimio Movement more lucrative to fringe parties across the republic once the bill sails through. It will see political parties that are members of a coalition to share the cash which will be distributed by the Registrar of Political Parties in accordance with the coalition agreement.

During the first round of voting this morning, allies of President Uhuru and Raila Odinga managed to whip 138MPs to vote for the new legislation, with only 68 allies of William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi voting against it.

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