Embattled KANU Secretary General Nick Salat on Sunday finally ditched the independence party to join President Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party.
Nick Salat (top and extreme right) has been the recognizable face of KANU in inter-party consultations.
In a move that has inspired much speculation, Salat vowed at Bomet Green Stadium in Bomet County to work alongside Dr. Ruto.
“I know you (William Ruto) will be President for 10 years. I saw the great reception that you were accorded in Nyanza and I cannot be left behind. Wherever you are, I will be. I have suffered too long, please accept me back," said the maverick Salat.
After the 2022 General Elections Salat suffered a huge fallout with his party Chairman Gideon Moi. The two have had a frosty relationship for years with the fallout becoming apparent once Gideon Moi lost the Baringo Senatorial seat.
On 12 September 2022, Salat reacted to a suspension from the party issued two days earlier by Chairman Gideon Moi calling it illegal. He said as a loser Gideon Moi should resign and pave way for fresh party elections. He also accused Moi of violating the party constitution.
“Gideon Moi needs to step aside and allow for party elections. We have all been interim since 2012, so where does the chair get the power to suspend me?," wondered Nick Salat, adding "The current composition of the National Executive Committee (NEC) is also illegitimate and cannot purport to suspend anyone."
Former KANU stalwarts (clockwise) Ezekiel Barngetuny, Daniel Arap Moi, Shariff Nassir, and Noah Katana Ngala.
Salat is the last of KANU stalwarts and has been engaged with the party long before Gideon Moi took up the mantle of leadership.
Recently Salat said KANU needed urgent reinventing. New leadership wrangles between diehard supporters and the current Chairman could possibly trigger the demise of the once all-powerful party.
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