Deputy President William Ruto has come out to respond to Gatungu South MP Moses Kuria and other leaders seeking to form a political alliance with him ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
Speaking to Tharaka Nithi County spiritual leaders, DP Ruto dismissed the formation of any political alliance, terming the alliances’ signs of defeat.
Ruto noted that the country needed leaders who have programs and plans of creating opportunities for the common Wananchi.
“They are using outdated strategies to avoid a defeat. The era of political groupings and endorsements is over,” Ruto said as reported by The Star.
“How will I fail to defeat them if you are still coalescing in tribal outfits and with no agenda to take Kenya forward.”
In a previous interview with a local broadcast, Ruto said that he is not seeking any political alliance with any party ahead of the next year’s polls.
He said he is looking forward to strength his UDA party to become a national party.
Speaking to the leaders on Tuesday, Ruto maintained his ground noting that he is focusing on establishing a national party founded on firm social and economic principles for meaningful political stability.
The Deputy President asked other political leaders to move away from ethnic political alliances that will hurt the country’s social fabric and development agenda.
Ruto’s stand on political alliances comes at a time when his allies – Moses Kuria of Chama Cha Kazi (CCK)and former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri of Service Party of Kenya (TSP) – who have their own political parties have been pushing for an alliance with him.
Over the weekend, former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri warned leaders Mt Kenya leaders to be wary of Ruto’s talk that he would not form an alliance with any political party but would focus on making UDA a national party.
“A national party needs at least four elections to rise to that level. Look at our history with NARC, PNU, and Jubilee. Anyone who says he does not need to work with regions should be viewed suspiciously because even in churches, the moderator works with church elders,” the former CS said.
Same as Kiunjuri, Kuria holds the same thought that they must have a party that represents the Mt Kenya region’s interests.