Deputy President William Ruto has claimed that he is not a member of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, a political outfit that he has been closely associated with.
While speaking in Kinango on Tuesday, August 25, 2021 during the burial ceremony of Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya’s mother Mama Sada Mgalla Nyawa in Kalalani, Kinango constituency Kwale County, the Deputy President distanced himself from the new political outfit, UDA party that he has been closely associated with claiming that he is still the Deputy party leader of the ruling Jubilee party.
He however, indicated he would work with other politicians from other political parties ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“I am not a member of UDA, I, William Ruto, am the deputy party leader of Jubilee. However, we have resolved to join hands with politicians and over 150 legislators across the political divide to have a conversation about this nation. I’m a bonafide Jubilee member the same way Dalu (Kinango MP) is in the ODM party,” Ruto said.
He further stated that he wondered why a certain faction of the Jubilee ruling party was not happy with him.
According to the Political Parties Act directs that one should renounce his party membership before hopping to the next political party of which DP Ruto is yet to resign from the Jubilee party which sponsored them into forming the Government.
In June, 2021, Ruto publicly declared his association with UDA party days after Jubilee Party leadership announced its coalition talks with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ahead of 2022 Presidential Elections.
He claimed that UDA is the Hustler’s vehicle that will deliver the presidency come 2022 General Election.
“I want to tell you my friends we are alert. We have the hustler’s party. What is its name?” he asked the crowd which shouted UDA.
The DP further dismissed the Jubilee and ODM alliance saying that it is intended to sideline the Hustler team.
“They think when they join the parties, we, the hustlers will not have a party. How will even the history of this country be written? These people have ruined Jubilee, which was a national party and they now want us to join tribal parties,” Ruto said.