• Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi is the defacto leader of the PAA party.
• Ruto lauded the move saying it was a big boost in Kenya Kwanza's quest to win the August polls.
Deputy President William Ruto has officially welcomed the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi is the defacto leader of the PAA party.
Ruto lauded the move saying it was a big boost in Kenya Kwanza's quest to win the August polls.
"Karibu Gov Amason Kingi and PAA party to the alliance of democrats, the free and the willing. Together we stand against strong-arm machinations by the oppressors and political racketeers who've exploited us for long," Ruto said.
He added that:
"Welcome to grand march to new possibilities for all Kenyans."
Kingi's step comes a week after the party officials dismissed the allegations that he was about to join Ruto's team.
PAA party officials led by George Kithi, Kilifi Governor candidate, and William Kingi, deputy governor and Mombasa governor candidate had confirmed that they were planning to exit Azimio but said they will not be joining any other coalition.
The Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu had said PAA cannot ditch Azimio.
On Monday morning, Maendeleo Chap Chap party of Governor Alfred Mutua ditched the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition over frustration and being sidelined when it comes to the matters of negotiations.
But the Azimio official while addressing the media over Mutua's defection, said Mutua wanted the Azimio document to use for negotiations with Deputy President William Ruto.
Tuju said Mutua was already in talks with the Kenya Kwanza for a while before making the announcement.
“Some of the people who said that they needed this document we know that they were negotiating with the other side and they needed it for purposes of benchmarking," Tuju said.