Ruto Hints At Vying For Presidency On UDA Ticket
Deputy President William Ruto has hinted at vying for presidency on the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) party ticket as the rift in the ruling Jubilee party widen.
Speaking with Radio Citizen`s Vincent Ateya in an interview on Thursday morning, 25th March 2021 during the Jambo Kenya program Ruto stated that jubilee is being turned into a tribal grouping. Ruto said that if worse progress to worst he will decamp to UDA and rally his troops to make it a national party.
According to Ruto, UDA shares the same hustler ideology that he stands for championing the bottom-up economic model that will see low-income earners empowered to transform their lives.
"Kuna watu wanataka kufanya Jubilee chama cha kikabila na wakifanya hivyo basi UDA tutakijenga kiwe chama cha kitaifa na ikifika sehemu hatuelewani tutajipanga na UDA kwa sababu ni chama tunajua na sera moja kwa sababu kimekuwa ndani ya Jubilee," Said Ruto.
These remarks come after the Kieleweke faction tried to strip him of the deputy party leader role for allegedly sabotaging the President months after his allies in parliament lost their positions for associating with him. UDA rebranded recently from the Party Development and Reform(PDR) which is currently in coalition with Jubilee.
A number of Ruto allies have publicly campaigned for UDA candidates in recent by-elections that Jubilee participated sparking a debate on party loyalty. He also hinted at a possible union with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga whom he worked in 2007.