10 out of 12 independent MPs join Kenya Kwanza – Ruto
The Kenya Kwanza Alliance has received a major boost after 10 out of 12 independent candidates elected in the just concluded parliamentary elections joined the William Ruto-led outfit.
Speaking during a meeting with elected leaders at the Deputy President's Karen Residence on Wednesday, August 17, Ruto confirmed that 10 of the independent MPs attended the inaugural conference.
2 independent MPs skip event
Two others, the President-elect said, didn't manage to attend the meeting.
"Out of 12, 10 independent MPs have joined our team," Ruto said.
140 MPs including Woman Representatives elected on the United Democratic Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket attended the meeting.
A total of 24 Senators and 163 MPs affiliated with the Kenya Kwanza Alliance were present, the UDA leader said.
With the numbers, Ruto could control both the National Assembly and the Senate in the next parliament.
Newly elected governors and their deputies also attended the meeting.
The Kenya Kwanza leader expressed confidence that Kenya Kwanza will bag two governor seats in Kakamega and Mombasa counties, where polls were postponed.
Ruto was declared the winner of the August 9 presidential election with 7,176, 141 votes, which is 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.
The country’s Deputy President narrowly beat Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who garnered 48.85 per cent of the vote.
Raila has vowed to contest the results in court over alleged irregularities.