TACTICAL MOVE

Ruto change of heart, welcomes small parties

All will be accommodated in the Kenya Kwanza big tent and small parties urged to join not merge

In Summary
  • Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has hinted all leaders and parties in Mt Kenya will be accommodated in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

  • He said those with UDA tickets in Central Kenya are assured of an upper hand in the polls as residents will stand with DP Ruto to the very end

     
Bahati MPKimani Nginjiri speaking to the press on March 14.
BIG TENT: Bahati MPKimani Nginjiri speaking to the press on March 14.
Image: JAMES MUNYA

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has said all Mt Kenya leaders and parties will be accommodated in DP Ruto's Kenya Kwanza alliance.

There are many rooms in Baba's mansion, he seemed to say. 

Previously, Deputy President William Ruto has wanted small parties to merge with Kenya Kwanza.

If confirmed, this would be a departure from the DP's position that the mushrooming parties were sponsored to balkanise the country along tribal lines.

Kimani, an ardent UDA member, said that going forward, many parties will join the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

“So many parties have lined up to join us, especially after we instal our party presidential flagbearer," he said.

"People will be shocked at how many parties want to join us.We could have welcomed them, only that we have been busy with other preparations.

"But once we are done, things will change,” Kimani said. "The Deputy President is going to accommodate so many people and we urge all those who want to join us to do it as soon as possible before the bus gets full.

"But there is space for everyone in our coalition," the Ruto ally said.

Meantime, the DP and Kenya Kwanza brigade welcomed Chama Cha Kazai boss Moses Kuria, Tujibebe party leader William Kabogo and a host of other Kiambu leaders to the coalition.

Kimani said those with the UDA ticket in Central Kenya are assured of an upper hand in the polls since Rift people have said they will stand with Ruto to the end.

“We want to conduct free and fair nominations and when we do that, the UDA will be the party to beat in the Mt Kenya region. The DP has said he will accommodate even those who lose the nomination in his government if he wins," Kimani said.

The Bahati Legislator also castigated president Uhuru Kenyatta for what he called betrayal of his deputy after he endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his choice for president.

“The Deputy President has stood with the President since 2002 and in subsequent election years, but the people who took him to The Hague are the ones he is in bed with," Kimani said

"Now that he has decided to do that. we have also to make our own decision as a region,” Kimani said.

He said the UDA party and its leadership will make a strong case against the President on the things they know about his administration.

“As you have seen, all Kiambu leaders have decamped from Jubilee to the UDA party, Muranga the same, Kirinyaga and Embu have followed.

"The Kikuyu are honest people and they will stand with the Deputy President,” Kimani said.

“We are going to stand with the Deputy President, not because he is a Kalenjin but because we have made a pledge that we are willing to abide by.

"We must be people," he said, "who stand by what they say."

(Edited by V. Graham)

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