United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party allied to Deputy President William Ruto has ruled out forming political alliances with other parties ahead of 2022 general elections.
Speaking to the media at a Nyeri hotel on Saturday after deliberations that had brought together 47 legislators drawn from both Senate and National Assembly from Mount Kenya region, the leaders noted that the unveiling of Ruto’s running mate for the next year presidential poll was not a concern at the moment.
The lawmakers noted that they will only involve political parties under auspices of UDA in bid to ensure Ruto wins.
Tharaka Nithi County Senator, Prof Kithure Kindiki said that they are working to rally supporters for their hustler movement across the country as their strategy to develop people centred on the priority list of bottom-up economy.
“The framework of engagement will be open to partnership with people who are like minded. Anyone who is speaking the language of the ordinary people is not our adversary but our partner. This engagement will continue but within the framework of the UDA party,” Kindiki said.
The lawmakers said that they will enter into an agreement to ensure Mt Kenya interests are given an upper hand by the next government.
“We will sign a charter with the DP that enshrines the interests of the people of Mt Kenya. But before signing the charter, there will be an ingredient on the guarantors who will assure that Mt Kenya region’s priorities will be honoured accordingly,” Kindiki said
Laikipia Senator John Kinyua said that the Big Four Agenda has suffered a major setback on its implementation which has negatively impacted wealth creation.
“We have resolved that the economic blueprint will be subjected to a thorough interrogation in strategic sectoral meetings at grass root level,” Kinyua revealed.
However, the leaders said that the three days’ retreat was meant to discuss issues to be addressed as DP eyes for presidency in the 2022 poll.
“Picking a running mate is not a priority for the people of Kenya at this time. For now, we hold the view on the issue of picking the running mate. We have closed the sad politics of deceit and betrayal. We have started the process of engaging with the DP,” Kindiki said.
Ruto’s declaration comes days after The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri said that he will not be running for presidency in next year’s poll.
The TSP leader maintained that his political party objective is to unite Kenyans.
“We didn’t ask for permission to form this party (TSP), we formed with a purpose. Not so that we can get elected,” the TSP boss said, adding that it is not a must to be elected so that you start serving people.
He said they had joined hands with Chama Cha Kazi of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Narc Kenya Party headed by Martha Karua and expected more than 11 other political parties from the region to join forces as they intend to shape Mt Kenya political future noting their caucus will give them more bargaining power for Mt Kenya region interests.