Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has dismissed the formation of region-based political parties saying they will fuel tribalism.
Kang’ata on Sunday faulted a section of leaders from the Mount Kenya region who have formed political parties instead of strengthening the already existing parties.
He noted that newly formed regional parties will not have an impact in the next general elections.
“Leaders should join parties with a nationwide backing. These regional parties will continue fueling ethnicity in this nation,” he said this when he attended a Sunday service at St James ACK Cathedral in Murang’a.
His sentiments come after leaders including Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Moses Kuria, Mwangi Kiunjuri among others are drumming support for their parties.
Politicians urged to remain united
The party leaders from the Mount Kenya region are arguing they will use their parties as a negotiating vehicle in the next government.
A section of local leaders continues to urge politicians in the region to remain united. Consequently, they will have a better stake in the next administration after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term ends.
Governor Wa Iria said he will use his political party, Usawa kwa Wote to vie for presidency come 2022.
“I am not against the formation of the parties, Kenya has democratic space to allow new parties. However, I may wish we have one political party with support from each part of the country,” he asserted.
UDA has a national outlook
Kang’ata, a strong supporter of DP Ruto’s presidential bid drummed support for United Democratic Alliance saying the party has a national outlook.
He urged leaders from the central region who want to negotiate for the region, to join the party. He further noted that Ruto will listen to them and they stand a better chance to bring more developments in the region.
UDA, Kang’ata observed that it is not ready to form a coalition with any regional party saying they will seek support from all parts of the country.
“Our party seeks to unite all Kenyans and no need to form coalitions. However what we want is to sell our party to people so that we can get national support,” he added.
Kang’ata spoke after donating Sh 500,000 to the church saying the money was his reward from the deputy president after he championed the opening of the 3 UDA office in Washington DC, USA.