Former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende and Teso North MP Oku Kaunya have dumped the Amani National Congress (ANC) hours after its leader Musalia Mudavadi entered a 2022 pact with Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA.
The former speaker, accompanied by Defense CS Eugene Wamalwa, Matungu MP Oscar Nabulindo and former Kisii Senator Mongare Okongo joined the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) led by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyi and associated with the Defense CS.
Marende’s defection from ANC is coming just days after the Mudavdi led party’s deputy leader also quit, saying he cannot be a member of ANC when it already has plans of backing William Ruto for the presidency.
Speaking on Monday after joining the new party, Marende said the decision to join DAP was motivated by ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s newfound union with Deputy President William Ruto.
“He has gone to bed with the wrong company and my DNA does not agree with that company. We are not compatible and so from yesterday I and Mudavadi, on the political front, part company,” said Marende.
“If you shall deliver on an economy that is reformed, that is revitalized, as Mudavadi speaks, then you must have the right company and I’m afraid that from yesterday, I see betrayal,” he added.