With recent unconfirmed reports from anonymous sources suggesting that there may be infighting within DP Ruto’s camp following disagreements over the structure and operations of the newly formed UDA party, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei’s announcement today not only seems to further cement such sentiments, but also flies in the face of what Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen said during the launch of UDA.
During the launch, the outspoken former Senate Majority Leader had said that since UDA, which was formerly PDR, was an affiliate member party of Jubilee, they were thereby officially moving in to it, and nothing stopped them since, legally it was allowed.
However, today’s latest sentiments by the Nandi Senator seem to suggest otherwise.
Speaking on Day Break, hosted by Trevor Ombija, Cherargei was pushed to the wall by Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo to state categorically in which party he belonged to. This was unusual since most tanga tanga members don’t hesitate declaring their loyalty to UDA.
When Cherargei finally spoke, he reaffirmed his membership and presence in The Jubilee party, albeit with a couple of slurs aimed at the same party, calling it a failed party, and promising to destroy it before they leave so that president Uhuru Kenyatta is left with nothing. Nevertheless, he pronounced, in no uncertain terms, that he was officially in Jubilee.
Even before all this, the Nandi Senator had earlier on seemed to deviate from a long time held narrative by his camp that the President owes his victory to William Ruto and so, by decency, if not by their pre-election pact, he should endorse his deputy. When speaking of the Uhuru Kenyatta succession and the intrigues that have been unfolding recently, Cherargei said that Uhuru should not support Ruto, but that also, he should not support anyone else. He suggested that instead, the president should do what his predecessor, Mwai Kibaki did, and let the people decide.