As the war of words continues to escalate between the Jubilee party and its offshoot, the United Democratic Alliance party whose defacto leader is the Deputy President, new details are now coming to light. Kiambu County senator and also Chief Whip in the Senate Kimani Wamatangi is now revealing details of a red booklet in which the Deputy President allegedly made a pledge and appended his signature.
The second term senator was speaking after making an appearance on Citizen TV’s morning daily show, Daybreak which was hosted by the station’s presenter, Trevor Ombija. Alongside senator Wamatangi was Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua who was joining in virtually from the United States, and former Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale.
While decrying the current state of politics where party members openly propagate the values and ideologies of a different party, Wamatangi said that just before the 2017 general election, deputy president William Ruto alongside his boss president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, signed in the Manifesto of the Jubilee party which was in the form of a red booklet. In the pledge that the DP appended his signature next to, he promised to uphold and pursue all that pertains to the goals of the Jubilee manifesto. The Kiambu senator thus wondered how a leader of such stature would now turn around and begin fighting the same party.
Congratulating his co-panelist Dr. Bonny Khalwale for having once switched parties and done it officially by even signing papers and backing his move with documentation, he urged those in UDA to do the same. He said that it was not only unethical but illegal as well to identify with another party yet officially remain in the party that brought you to parliament.
He dared all the Jubilee party members who got into office through a Jubilee ticket but were now supporting another party, to be brave enough and make it official.
The Political Parties Act says that if a member of the House officially leaves the party that brought him or her to power, then by that action, he or she forfeits the seat and the electoral body is required to organise a by-election.
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