Weeks after Deputy President William Ruto said he is prepared to exit the ruling Jubilee Party for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) as his vehicle of choice in the 2022 presidential elections, Jubilee has taken action.
The ruling party has written to the parties’ registrar to cancel their agreement with the Party of Development and Reforms which has rebranded as UDA.
Some MPs allied to Ruto have dared Jubilee Party to kick United Democratic Alliance out of their coalition pact. They insist that they were not doing anything wrong championing UDA since it was a Jubilee partner.
But the move by Jubilee has jolted them to action and they say they will not ‘waste’ time challenging the party’s decision in court.
Instead, they claim they are ready to pay the ultimate price including defending their parliamentary seats in by-elections.
“Some of us are ready to even go and defend our seats, let them proceed and do whatever they want,” Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said.
“Let them not try to imagine that we are fools when we are investing in UDA. We will even be better off as UDA without any Jubilee association,” the MP added
Sudi spoke as Tuju defended the Jubilee party’s decision to break ranks with UDA.
The CS without portfolio said the decision to start divorce proceedings was informed by PDR’s — now UDA— move to go against a binding agreement.
For instance, Tuju said, the party contravened the coalition agreement when it fielded candidates in various by-elections outside some specific counties.
Tuju said Jubilee had already written to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu notifying her of the new position.
He noted that given the circumstances, UDA had morphed into a strange bedfellow that must be kicked out before ‘dawn.’
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro told the Star that the President’s wing of the Jubilee was at liberty to continue with the process to divorce UDA.
“A divorce would be a sigh of relief. They have done the worse. We are ready for the worst. Our political future is in UDA and we have no time for what they are trying to do,” Nyoro said.
According to the MP, Tangatanga will not waste time and energy fighting any decision in court but will instead concentrate on building the hustler movement ahead of the 2022 polls.
“They can do whatever they want and as they please, we don’t care,” he said.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany said Tangatanga MPs will use the UDA party to defend their seats in the 2022 General Election although they are members of Jubilee -at least for now.
“We will face them head-on. This is part of the Jubilee intimidation. We will continue with our association with the UDA party,” Kositany said.