Why Ruto is meeting Kenya Kwanza MCAs at State House

The meeting comes days to the UDA's planned grassroots polls set for April.

In Summary
  • The first ever joint meeting of the Keny Kwanza MCAs will take stock of the government's performance.
  • President Ruto met Jubilee MCAs in January where the issue of Ward Development Fund featured prominently.
A section of Kenya Kwanza MCAs arrive at State House Nairobi on March 11, 2024.
A section of Kenya Kwanza MCAs arrive at State House Nairobi on March 11, 2024.
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President William Ruto is currently meeting Kenya Kwanza MCAs at the State House.

This is the first meeting of the MCAs with the president to take stock of the government's performance since the Kenya Kwanza administration got into office.

The meeting also some days before the planned United Democratic Alliance(UDA) grassroots elections set for April.

On Monday, State House Press Secretary Emmanuel Talam confirmed that the President is holding a meeting with Kenya Kwazan MCAs.

In an invitation letter copied to the Secretary General of the Kenya Kwanza constituent parties, UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala said the objective of the meeting was to reflect on the government's success.

"I am pleased to extend an invitation for and on behalf of the UDA party leader to a joint Kenya Kwanza MCAs caucus. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2024, at State House, Nairobi at 7 am,'' Malala said in the letter dated March 7.

"The caucus is expected to engage and reflect on the success of the Kenya Kwanza government and to deliberate on the forthcoming coalition activities.''

The President is expected to use the meeting to brief the MCAs on the progress made on their request to entrench the Ward Development Fund in the Constitution.

When Ruto met 120 Jubilee Party MCAs in Nakuru in January the issue of the Ward Development Fund came up.

The fund is among the three other kitties that the National Dialogue Committee proposed to be entrenched into the Constitution.

The Nadco report is currently before the bicameral house with MPs evaluating at least nine Bills drafted by the committee to anchor radical proposals by the bipartisan panel.

Monday's meeting also comes at a time when uncertainty surrounds UDA's grassroots elections next month.

There are no significant party activities at the grassroots to signify party elections in April, giving credence to some reports that the polls may be delayed.

The elections were initially planned for December 9 but the exercise was postponed after a section of party leaders opposed proposed changes to introduce two deputy party leaders.

Those from the Mt Kenya region insisted that Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua must be the only deputy party leader.

There is also push and pull about the fate of the proposed merger of Kenya Kwanza parties to create a single political machine for the 2027 polls.

Key Kenya Kwanza constituent parties including Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi's ANC and Ford Kenya of National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula resisted the move.

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