The United Democratic Alliance, UDA is one of the newest parties in the country that boasts of a huge following. At its helm is the deputy president William Ruto who has declared to make UDA a national party with the largest membership. Most of its members were previous Jubilee Party supporters.
UDA has seemingly overtaken Jubilee to become the most popular party in Central Kenya if the past by-elections where the Ruto led party won, are anything to go by. Currently, many Mt Kenya politicians are defecting from Jubilee for UDA claiming that they are listening to the ground.
The latest defector is Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru who has expressed interest to join UDA. Ruto has in the past predicted that there will be a tsunami of politicians scrambling for membership of UDA come December this year.
On the other hand, a poll conducted by Radio Africa Group has compared the influence of various parties in the Mt Kenya region. It was administered by Computer Aided Telephone Interview equipment. 600 adults from Murang'a participated in the interview.
The poll reflected the not-so influential state of UDA in Central. It showed that Jubilee was still the preferred party by 34.8 per cent. 29 percent of the residents of Murang'a had no preferred party.
Only 26% of the residents preferred Ruto's UDA. Moreover, infighting within Ruto allies has spilt over with MP Rigathi Gachagua falling out with Moses Kuria. Rigathi deferred with Kuria and lectured him on what he termed as giving unnecessary conditions to Ruto for the region to support his presidency. Kuria had asked Ruto to formally promise to give 40% of cabinet posts to Mt. Kenya region.
Gachagua, like most UDA members, insisted that he will support Ruto anyhow as long as he deals with the grappling economy.
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