Ruto allies dismiss defection rumors, say UDA support in Western Kenya intact

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Acerbic-tongued Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa’s public pronouncements over the weekend, that he is taking a sabbatical from Tanga Tanga politics is a pointer to the DP’s dwindling fortunes in Western Kenya. The Kimilili MPs remarks came just a day after his Sirisia counterpart, John Waluke pledged to support ODM MP Tim Wanyonyi for Bungoma’s gubernatorial position in 2022.

However, in a rejoinder, former Majority Whip in the National Assembly Benjamin Washiali has dismissed allegations, that UDA is losing support in the region and that the MPs are dumping William Ruto. The Mumias East MP said statements by the two MP were meant to test waters by eliciting reactions so they can know what the people are thinking and that Ruto is a powerful person who should not be taken lightly.

”You should not be cheated. You will realise that in all the by-elections held only the UDA party has featured in all of them. ANC starts and ends in Matungu, Ford Kenya ends in Kabuchai and Wiper ends in Machakos. The DP is a powerful person and should not be taken lightly,” he said.

Despite making numerous tours in Bungoma and Kakamega, as well as making contribution worth millions of shillings during his visits, William Ruto has not mastered the art of winning the region’s votes. Pouring millions of shillings notwthstanding.

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