Ruto getting his way? Six parties fold, join UDA
Six political parties have resolved to fold and join the ruling party United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
In the announcement made by the Secretary General of UDA, Cleophas Malalah on Tuesday, the parties said the move is aimed at uniting the country and advancing its development.
“Our vision is to live and outlive the ambitions of our founders,” said Malalah.
“This is the option our partners had and chose a strong, stable, national, majority, Conservative party that is focused on building the nation and generations to come than just winning an election,” he added.
The parties that have joined UDA include the Umoja na Maendeleo party led by former Embu Governor Martin Wambora, Farmers Party, Chama cha Kazi, Chama cha Mashinani, National Agenda Party of Kenya, and Economic Freedom Party.
Malalah congratulated them for their decision to work together towards a common goal.
“Our dream is beyond personalities,” he added. “Our plan is based on policies that have proven their worth and have already started working for Kenyans.”
Since assuming office as the Secretary General of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Malalah has been advocating for the dissolution of political parties in Kenya Kwanza that are affiliated with the Amani National Congress (ANC), Ford Kenya, Pamoja African Alliance (PAA), and Maendeleo Chap.
Although some Members of Parliament associated with ANC and Ford Kenya have expressed reluctance to merge, Kenya Kwanza now has over 18 political parties, including Attorney General Justin Muturi’s Democratic Party, Laikipia East MP Mwangi Kiunjuri’s The Service Party, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo’s Tujibebe Wakenya Party, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC).
Others are Mandera Senator Ali Roba’s United Democratic Movement, among others. Notably, the Communist Party of Kenya, the Farmers Party, the Devolution Party of Kenya, the Economic Freedom Party, the Umoja na Maendeleo Party, the National Agenda Party of Kenya, the Grand Dream Development Party, Ugenya MP David Ochieng’s Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG), and Chama Cha Mashinani of the former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto are also affiliate parties of Kenya Kwanza.
Under the Political Parties Act, upon receiving a request, the Registrar of Political Parties will gazette the dissolution of political parties and transfer their records, assets, liabilities, rights, and obligations to UDA, including their entitlement to the Political Parties Fund under Section 25 of the Act.