Sitting Members of Parliament supporting UDA, an outfit associated with William Ruto are now demanding direct tickets in 2022 as a reward for sticking out their necks for the DP and suffering the consequences.
This revelation is causing panic and outrage among aspirants from perceived UDA strongholds in the Rift Valley who feel they have no chance against the MPs if the wheelbarrow party gives in to the demands.
In Mt Kenya politicians who have been eyeing the UDA ticket are said to be considering jumping ship to other fringe Mt Kenya parties for a chance in 2022.
”It is a fact that UDA is perceived to be dominated by incumbent MPs who are hell-bent to lock out their potential challengers out of the 2022 race. Further, a party that has only 1 MP and 2 MCAs from Kiambu, Nyandarua, and Nakuru can not claim to have bragging rights to brand all other parties as regional or tribal,” Gatundu MP Moses Kuria said over the weekend, for the first time making public the deep divisions in Ruto’s camp.
Moses Kuria also Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) leader is among Mt Kenya leaders who boycotted DP Ruto’s Friday meeting at Abadares in Nanyuki.
On Sunday, The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri told UDA and its leadership to expect a strong fight from Mt Kenya parties, and that Ruto had a long way on his mission of climbing the mountain.
“It is too early to say you have scaled the mountain. The mountain is so high, there is also ice up there. The weather can be very rough. I am not very stupid to have TSP. This will enable the region to have bargaining power when it comes to demanding a fair share,” the former Devolution CS said during a church service at St Andrew’s ACK, Nanyuki.
Strong UDA voices in Mt Kenya like Kimani Ichungwa, Susan Kihika, Rigathi Gachagua, Ndindi Nyoro, Mithika Linturi, and Alice Wahome have previously confided to their associates UDA tickets will be given in terms of loyalty to the DP and nothing else.