An elaborate plan to replace Johnstone Muthama has been hatched by top allies of the Deputy President and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) torchbearer William Ruto who claim the former Machakos senator, also UDA chair’s deteriorating health has slowed down Kenya Kwanza activities in the Eastern region.
A credible source from the alliance reveals Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Kericho counterpart Aaron Cheruiyot are leading the onslaught, with complaints that Muthama’s efforts in Ukambani are not showing despite him receiving logistics funds of Ksh. 4.5 million every week. Money the source says comes from Mr. Fareed Sheikh, a UDA financier from Eastern.
”Deputy President William Ruto’s Chief of Staff Davis Chirchir advised that Muthama should retain his position as UDA chairman. However all political activities in the Eastern region will be coordinated Madam Anastacia, with a keen focus on Makueni, ” the source discloses.
Muthama, who has been in and out of hospital since last year is one of the most prominent allies of DP Ruto from Ukambani and was a critical player in ensuring the wheelbarrow party was not only well grounded in the region but also in other parts of the republic.
The former senator has been the engine behind the UDA mashinani initiative which saw the party recruit thousands of volunteers across the county.
However, with deteriorating health, the Machakos gubernatorial aspirant stepped back from Ruto’s campaigns and is always missing in action, with the most prominent one being his conspicuous absence from the Kenya Kwanza manifesto launch in Nairobi two weeks ago.
Recently, a proposal within Kenya Kwanza to have Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Dr. Alfred Mutua replace the UDA chair as their Ukambani point man was thrown out of the window because he (Mutua) is yet to earn enough trust and was considered a Raila sympathizer.