Please don’t interfere with Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race – UDA aspirant pleads with Ruto
The Deputy President who is also the United Democratic Alliance UDA party leader William Ruto, has been asked not to interfere with Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race.
In an exclusive interview with People Daily Digital, Philemon Samoei who is seeking to succeed Governor Patrick Khaemba through UDA said there is no formal agreement between UDA and FORD Kenya as far as Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race is concerned.
Samoei said UDA and FORD Kenya have equal rights to field candidates Kenya Kwanza Alliance notwithstanding.
"As far as I am concerned, UDA national leadership has not entered any agreement be it in terms of zoning or joint nominations with FORD Kenya. If that was the case, my party could not have cleared me to run through UDA; I have paid half a million shillings for nominations," Samoei said.
The ambitious aspirant asked Ruto to concentrate on national politics and to leave Trans Nzoia politics to the people of Trans Nzoia so that they can exercise their democratic rights.
"DP should not worry with his votes in Trans Nzoia because we shall vote for him to the last man. All we are asking him is to allow us to do our local politics without interference," he appealed.
He also said imposing leaders on electorates threatens internal parties' democracy and warned of dire consequences if their demands are not met.
"If our democratic party fails to heed to our request, we are ready to pull out and run on an independent ticket," he threatened
He also took a swipe at Kiminini Member of Parliament Chris Wamalwa who is also running for Trans Nzoia governorship through FORD Kenya terming as false, the allegation that Kalenjin community has endorsed his gubernatorial bid.
"It is not true that Kalenjin community in Trans Nzoia County has endorsed my brother Chris Wamalwa. What was done is a PR exercise choreographed by Chepsiro ward MCA Kipchumba Birir and some few power brokers who have selfish interests," he said.
He called on all aspirants eyeing various elective posts to be cautious of power brokers who are determined to mislead them.
"Endorsement of leaders in our community is only done by respected elders and not busybodies and brokers. Politicians should therefore be very careful on whom they go for blessings," Samoei warned.
This comes barely a week before Kenya Kwanza Alliance brigade holds a series of political rallies in Trans Nzoia County.