There was drama in Bungoma County on Tuesday, November 2, as the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) party members accused Kimilili Member of Parliament Dismus Barasa of working with the Ford Kenya Alliance Leaders.
The members faulted Barasa for sidelining them in the preparations to host Deputy President William Ruto who is set to pitch his campaign tent in the county on Friday, November 5.
They claim that the lawmaker does not include them in the meetings, but secretly holds late night talks with Ford Kenya leaders who include Kabuchai Member of Parliament, Majimbo Kalasinga.
The party members, who were led by the Kabuchai chairperson, Francis Namisasi have warned Barasa against interfering with their grassroot matters.
Lamu Old Town residents escort DP William Ruto on a donkey ride at the Coastal Town on Tuesday, October 19, 2021FILE
Ruto’s supporters claim that Barasa does not involve UDA party officials ahead of the DP’s visit, but only works with opponents who are reportedly wooing him.
As a result, the irate officials called upon John Waluke, the Sirisia Member of Parliament to intervene, as the leader of the UDA brigade in the area.
Barasa has however dismissed the allegations, saying that no elections had been held to decide the county’s leadership.
“Some people have given themselves UDA leadership positions in Bungoma. As far as I’m concerned, there is no day we have held elections to decide who will lead. Maybe next year, we will do elections,” Barasa stated.
In response to the accusations, Barasa stated that the Ford Kenya leaders in question were his friends, and the people should not dictate who he spends time with.
“I have heard people say that I should not work with Kalasinga. I want to tell you that you cannot and will never choose friends for me.”
“I choose friends for myself depending on how I’ve seen them. I will continue walking with Majimbo Kalasinga because he is my friend and my relative. I am still speaking with my friend I will continue to do that,” Barasa noted.
He further called upon locals to ignore petty politics, urging them to turn up in large numbers and give DP Ruto a heroic reception.
Sourced from Kenyans.co.ke