Former Cabinet Minister Musa Sirma and a close ally of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has dumped him for Deputy President William Ruto.
Sirma has politically been a longtime supporter of the former Prime Minister for his presidential ambition in the Rift Valley region.
In his statement issued on Monday, August 30, 2021, the former Cabinet Minister revealed that he held a meeting with DP Ruto at his home in Karen, Nairobi where he acknowledged that he has joined Ruto’s camp.
“Today morning, I had a meeting with Deputy President William Samoei Ruto at his Karen residence. We discussed matters of national unity and current affairs in the political arena.#Team111We are strong,” the veteran politician stated.
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale while welcoming the former Eldama Ravine Member of Parliament noted that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party was gaining popularity.
“Growing day by day. Musa Sirma is a welcome addition to our team,” Boni Khalwale stated.
The political switch is seen as a move of jumping into the popular bandwagon United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the Rift valley.
Musa Sirma had previously joined the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party led by Gideon Moi but left the party after falling out with the Party leader who is also the Baringo Senator.
He has previously served as the Minister for East African and Regional Cooperation and was the sitting member of parliament for Eldama Ravine in Baringo County for one term.
In 2007, Sirma led a mass number of MPs from the Kalenjin community into endorsing Ruto’s presidency using the ODM party ticket before the party decided on Raila.
The move was not welcomed by Daniel arap Moi’s Family as he had led a team against them in the Rift valley which was a contributing factor to their regional control.
Although, he had previously defended the patriarch Moi against National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) over harassing the retired president.
This was after the tabling of a presidential retirement bill barring beneficiaries of the presidential scheme from getting involved in politics.