Ruto urges Mt. Kenya to unite under UDA to reject tribal politics

Vice President William Ruto in the Kiritiri Market in Mberry South constituency, Embu County. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

Vice President William Ruto has warned Kenyans not to be divided on tribal and political lines that benefit few people.

On the second day of his Embu tour, the vice president urged residents of Mberry North and Mberry South constituencies to join his United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which he believed was a national party that would unite all Kenyans.

“Let us strive to have a better country. We need to work together as a team to form the next government that takes a bottom-up approach to revitalizing the economy that helps the common man, “Ruto said.

He told residents that more than 150 MPs across the country had agreed to band together to create UDA, which would unite all Kenyans.

The DP and its allies rejected plans to expel UDA members from the Jubilee Party, arguing that the ruling unit was dead.

They accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of destroying the Jubilee Party since the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The DP assured residents that he would like to continue the Big 4 agenda and realize all the projects set by President Kenyatta when he is elected President next year.

“We had very good plans for the Jubilee, but all plans were shattered when Odinga joined our party,” said Ruto.

He promised to empower small and medium-sized businesses through his bottom-up approach.

His views were shared by his allies, who opposed the formation of small parties in the Mt. Kenya region, adding that most of them were funded by Raila.

Mberry North MP Muriuki Njagagua said the county stands behind Ruto and will do everything possible to ensure that the UDA forms the next government.

Mberry South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i urged residents to join the UDA and not wait for small-party negotiations as recommended by some Mount Kenyan leaders.

Runyenjes MP Eric Muchangi said Raila would be defeated by Ruto as he had nothing new to offer after losing to former Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki and losing to President Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017.

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