Leaders inside Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) camp are worried the government is sponsoring smaller parties in Mt Kenya to split the region’s votes and fragment it among different political groups, as a new strategy to dilute DP Ruto’s influence in the region.
This revelation by Ruto’s allies is coming just a day after party leaders Moses Kuria (CCK) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (TSP) who support the DP’s 2022 bid vowed not to dissolve their respective political parties to join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
“TSP will be on the ballot. We are going to approach other members, an initiative must start somewhere. We are focused on uniting our region and uniting the nation. When you go to Western Kenya, they have their own party: Ford Kenya and ANC. In the Ukambani region, they have a Wiper party, Maendeleo Chap Chap and Narc.”
” If you go to Nyanza, they have ODM. In Rift Valley, we have UDA and KANU. And their party leaders are respected and treated as national leaders. Why do you want to take the Mt Kenya people for a ride that we should dissolve our parties? That is not possible,” Kiunjuri said, sentiments which were supported by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
”Am firmly behind Chama Cha Kazi, and for the meeting that happened in Karen was a meeting for UDA members and as a party leader I was not invited and that is not the only meeting that I haven’t been invited to. I wasn’t invited in Mombasa for example so there is nothing strange about it,” said Kuria.
According to sources within the power corridors, top leaders allied to the DP have warned President Uhuru Kenyatta may be behind the formation and financing of these smaller parties. The leaders, largely drawn from the Rift Valley including a vocal senator are saying disjointing the region was Uhuru’s main agenda in 2022, as he paves way for a Raila Odinga presidency.
”They are asking who has poured massive resources behind TSP and CCK. Both parties have opened offices across Mt Kenya at the same time, in the last four months,” one source confided to this publication.
After resolving to back Raila Odinga in 2022, President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to be moving swiftly to take charge of his succession politics in his Mt Kenya backyard. Even though his deputy is depending on the vote-rich block to vote for him to the last man to help him clinch the presidency next year, his opponents are moving into Mt. Kenya to split the vote.