It indeed a big blow to dp Ruto after my Kenya politician showed a sign of dumping his party. The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri has triggered a storm in Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance after he asked the Mt Kenya region to vote whichever candidate they want for the Presidency.
Speaking during an interview with with Inooro TV on Wednesday evening, Kiunjuri told the Mt Kenya region to focus on the leadership abilities of the aspirants and not the parties they are vying on.
“People from Laikipia County and Mt Kenya region, elect leaders and not parties, Elect the president you want and look for the leaders who you will vote for, for the other positions,” Kiujuri said in an interview with Inooro TV on Wednesday evening,
The Former Agriculture CS has been vocal in rooting for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.
On Monday, Kiunjuri raised concerns over being sidelined in the running of affairs in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Kenya Kwanza comprises 14 political parties, including Ruto’s UDA, Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC and Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya as principal partners.
He said some parties have been kept in the dark and ignored in carrying out campaigns, something he warned could jeopardize Ruto’s bid for the top seat.
Kiunjuri further dismissed has dismissed Kenya Kwanza Alliance supporting the six-piece vote call, saying they were not speaking for the outfit’s presidential flag bearer, Deputy President William Ruto.
Mr Kiunjuri said until Dr Ruto pronounces himself on the matter, any other talk by any other leader in the alliance was inconsequential.
“Everybody has a right to their opinion but unless the statement comes from the Deputy President himself we will take them head on,” Mr Kiunjuri said at his party offices in Nairobi.
“We are aware and acknowledge that we are in competition not only with our sisters and brothers in Kenya Kwanza Alliance but with all other aspirants seeking the same seats as we are. A vibrant democracy is enriched by intra completion within the Kenya Kwanza Alliance and the rest of the competitors particularly in this General Election,” Mr Kiunjuri said.
He was speaking after meeting governor and parliamentary candidates to lay down party campaign strategies.
This comes few days after DP Ruto’s allies vouched for the six piece voting for all UDA aspirants in Rift Valley.
DP Ruto’s running mate Rigathi Gachagua and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen have been at the forefront pushing for a six-piece voting of the UDA aspirants.
“Even if you don’t like someone nominated by the party, you will be doing zero work when you say you vote for Ruto but you don’t give him powers to pass Bills in Parliament,” said Mr Murkomen in Uasin Gishu.
Mr Gachagua, on the other hand, says UDA was his party of choice and he had the right to campaign for it.
By Kenyan report