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Ruto takes swipe at Mt Kenya allies, insists UDA won’t form coalitions

Saturday, September 18th, 2021 13:34 | By
Deputy President William Ruto has dismisssed talks of an alliance between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Wiper party leader Kalanzo Musyoka.
Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/Pd
Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has remained adamant that his Mt Kenya allies must fold their parties and join his new-fangled political outfit, UDA, if they are keen on working with him in the upcoming general elections.

The second in command maintained that his party will not enter any coalition talks with parties, which he has for the umpteenth time referred to as regional outfits. Ruto termed the parties, that are associated with his allies from the vote-rich Central region, as small parties with no national outlook.

While speaking in Kipkaren in Uasin Gishu County, he reiterated that UDA, which has been styled as a party of the downtrodden, has a national appeal and brings together hustlers from across the nation.

"Some people want to take us back to the days of tribal political parties. They want ethnic communities to be under small parties instead of embracing national parties," Ruto said.

His sentiment appeared as a veiled response to his allies who have been incessant that they are in support of a Ruto candidature but will only drum up support for him through their own parties.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who leads the Chama Cha Kazi party and ex-Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri of The Service Party, recently made it clear they are unwilling to fold up their parties to join Ruto's 2022 political vehicle, UDA.

"I want the hustler nation to join a political party that understands the language of small traders, boda boda operators, peasant farmers and an ordinary citizen," Ruto said.

The 2022 presidential hopeful also affirmed that his party will make concerted efforts to unite the country once he assumes power.

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