Ruto Welcomes One Kenya Alliance Leaders to UDA -

Deputy President William Ruto has welcomed the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals to his United Democratic Alliance (UDA), saying the party is ready to work with likeminded leaders to win the next year’s General Election.

While on his campaign trail in Gilgil on Sunday, the DP urged the four Principals, Musalia Mudavadi of ANC, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya and Gideon Moi of KANU not to be coerced to support ODM boss Raila Odinga.

He appealed to them to join UDA, which he believes will win the elections come 2022.

Ruto also noted that the party aims at eliminating youth unemployment to improve the country’s economy, and it would be sensible for the OKA leaders to join the team if they want to improve the lives of their people.

“We are ready to partner with those who believe in our agenda,” said Ruto.

“If they are ready, let them come and work with us. Our priority is in investing in projects that will create at least four million jobs for the youth,” he added.

Ruto and his allies took a jab at ODM leader Odinga, accusing him of of delaying development projects the Jubilee party had put in place under the Big 4 following his famous ‘handshake’ with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, a staunch ally of Ruto asked the State House not to intimidate and force other leaders to support Odinga.


According to him, Odinga is tired and not fit for the State House job.

“He {Odinga} is tired. He has no agenda for uplifting the poor,”

But even as Ruto and his allies try to woo OKA support for the State House job, all of whom are also contesting for presidency, have in the recent past vowed never to back Ruto’s bid.

They have accused the DP of stealing public funds to enrich himself.

Speaking in Mwingi on September 26 this year, Kalonzo who attended the funeral of his former driver and his wife, said the DP earns about Ksh1.2 million as his state salary yet contributes millions of money in fundraisers.

The Four, however, are allegedly facing a wave of pressure from President Kenyatta to back Odiga’s bid for presidency.

While in Mombasa in August this year, President Kenyatta reportedly showed the politicians an opinion poll which indicated Raila was by far the most popular.

Uhuru noted that Raila remains the most formidable politician to face off with Deputy President William Ruto in his succession race.

“The President warned the team they will lose to Ruto if they don’t unite and face him as a team,” a source privy to the meeting in Mombasa said.


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