Deputy President William Ruto has suffered a political blow after aspirants ditched his party ahead of the Matungu by-election. Seven MP aspirants have backed out of his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) linked party.
The newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party had attempted to convince some independent candidates to drop their bid in favor of the party’s candidate.
The party convened a closed-door meeting on 7th January. The MP aspirants met with former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
The seven MP aspirants have now claimed that the party officials duped them into attending the meeting. They have also disassociated themselves from the party.
The candidates revealed that they each received individual invitations. Additionally, the invite said that they had conducted a survey which showed that the invitee was the most popular candidate.
“Imagine our surprise when all of us met at Muthama’s office in Gigiri. They then told us to move to Muthama’s home in Runda, where they asked us to drop our ambitions in favor of Alex Lanya Wamukoya,” Mr. Wakoli said.
All the seven candidates have confirmed that they would vie for the position in the upcoming parliamentary by-elections. Additionally, they revealed that they would run as independent candidates and do not expect backing from any political party.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party’s select-candidate is a renowned contractor in Kakamega County called Alex Lanya Wamukoya.