The United Democractic Party Alliance (UDA) Secretary-General, Veronica Maina has dismissed reports that Ruto is the default flagbearer of the party.
Speaking a day after Ruto finally publicly admitted to being in UDA, Veronica Maina said that the Party’s Presidential ticket was not a place reserved for Ruto.
in the Citizen interview on Monday night, Veronica Maina said the Deputy President would be subjected to the process, just like anybody else.
“Don’t be surprised to find there are other presidential candidates who have interest in being the party’s presidential ticket,” Maina told Citizen TV, “The Deputy President will, therefore, also be open to the processes of the party.”
William Ruto is reportedly working on his exit from Jubilee Party, a few days after he announced that UDA would be his 2022 Presidential vehicle.
Speaking in Mosol, West Pokot in June 19th, during a fundraiser, Ruto, who had been coy on his asociations with UDA, despite obvious clues, finally made his association public.
“Chama ni UDA, na tujipange na hapo,” The DP had told a crowd in West Pokot. He also asked area Governor, John Lonyangapuo and other politicians from the region not to form another party and instead, join UDA.
Veronica Maina also said that the Deputy President was not wrong in associating with UDA as it is in alliance with Jubilee. She said that just as the President was associating himself with ODM, so was Ruto with UDA.
“The UDA Party is in alliance with the Jubilee Party,” she said, “That alliance still exists, therefore, he remained well within his rights.”
Veronica Maina was referring to the recent announcement of an alliance between Jubilee and ODM. Jubilee Party Secretary-General, Raphael Tuju, announced that they would hold talks over 14 days on a possible coalition with their 2017 General Elections opponents.
The agreement follows revelations that President Kenyatta had announced in a meeting with Ukambani leaders that he would back a NASA principal in 2022. The announcement shocked many, though Kalonzo Musyoka denied hearing that in the meeting.