A big blow to Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade in their Ukambani inroads in a bid to have their UDA Party candidate replace former Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka in the Machakos mini polls.
This is after the DP’s support base in the area was thinned over the weekend after four of the party’s foot soldiers in the region ditched their preferred candidate Urbanus Ngengele for the Wiper Party candidate.
Citing among others, high-handedness from the campaign management team and poor coordination of the campaigns from the region, the four have therefore shifted their support to Agnes Kavindu.
The four include the head of the UDA women’s league in Machakos County, Rita Ndunge, former Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala, former Matungulu West MCA Magdalene Ndawa, and former Ndalani MCA Stephen Muthuka.
While making his U-turn public, former Deputy governor Benard Kiala made it clear that he still a member of the United Democratic Alliance party.
“I remain a staunch supporter of the party’s agenda to uplift the economic status of the average Kenyan citizen,” he said.
Speaking to the Nation over the weekend, Kenyatta University don Rita Ndunge also confirmed their support for Agnes, and it was all systems go.
“There is no turning back. We are now rallying our supporters behind Agnes Kavindu Muthama.”
The four are among the 14 candidates who had lost to Ngengele in their quest to contest the March 18 by-elections on a UDA ticket, with speculations of being disgruntled, having joined the team that bolted out of the DP’s camp.
The DP has not been having a smooth sail in the region with a section of leaders earlier seen to be having a soft spot for him now attempting to block him.
This has been witnessed by the Makueni governor Professor Kivutha Kibwana who has since cleared the air on their association with the DP.