Current events in Kenya can only be described as a party coup bonanza. The latest is Moses Kuria who was ousted from his PEP party. Before him was Ekuru Aukot whose party was snatched from him. Ford Kenya’s party leader Moses Wetangula is currently embattled and braving a court battle. All these beg the question, having already experienced betrayal in the hands of Mount Kenya mafia to the point of being declared persona non grata in a party he himself help found, why would DP Ruto trust his party with one Veronica Maina on one hand, and a hardened Wheeler dealer like Muthama on the other?
However, DP Ruto who is definitely no new hand at the game, had done his homework, and is in no danger of losing his party, as was evidenced by the recent feeble attempt at a coup towards the UDA leadership. Ruto seems to have learnt from the best; his tormentors in Jubilee. People like Raphael Tuju have finally emerged just as figureheads who are following orders from up above, as the party is actually controlled from elsewhere.
Veronica Maina and her team might very well just be figureheads. The recent registration drive shows that more than three-quarters of registered members who would vote in case of a grassroots nationwide election are from the Rift Valley.
All it would take is for the party’s NEC to convene a nationwide delegates meeting, and all the current officials would be ousted in a heartbeat.
In the recent recruitment drive, UDA party registered more than 1.5 million members in the Rift Valley.
The party has deployed coordinators in all counties in the DP’s backyard to ensure they recruit as many members as possible.
Nationally, it has registered more than 2 million members to bolster its strength ahead of the 2022 polls. This simply means that a staggering three quarters of the party membership is from the DP’s backyard.
Hundreds of aspirants are also setting up the ground for tough competition for the party ticket ahead of next year’s polls.
Aspirants planning to vie for various seats through UDA have boosted the registration exercise to ensure their supporters register in early preparations for party primaries later this year.
Uasin Gishu registration coordinator Paul Kiprop said they will hit the 2 million members registration mark in the region alone because the interest in the party has increased.
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