Former Meru governor, Kiraitu Murungi, has explained his decision to ditch Azimio la Umoja for Deputy President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza ahead of the Supreme Court ruling set for September 5.
Addressing the media, Kiraitu claimed that a coordinated campaign of sabotage by key members of the Raila Odinga-led faction led to his loss in the gubernatorial race.
He expressed that his party, Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP), was frustrated in Azimio and could no longer stay in the coalition.
"The bus ride in Azimio was bumpy and slippery. We are aware that no political journey is smooth. Political journeys are full of zig zags, potholes and unknown.
'We will work hard to realise the dream of a free and inclusive Kenya through the Kenya Kwanza alliance," he explained.
The Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) boss who was the incumbent Meru governor lost to Kawira Mwangaza - an independent candidate.
Additionally, the former governor maintained that he would stick with President-elect William Ruto even if the Supreme Court overturned his victory.
He expressed that Ruto would carry the day if elections were held again.
"DEP will stand with you (Ruto) regardless of the outcome of that case because ultimately what is important for us in our party is that you have an effective grassroots campaign that captured the aspirations of many Kenyans, especially Mt Kenya.
"We have listened to our people and it is their wish that we partner with you as our president," he stated.
Kiraitu defected to Kenya Kwanza on September 2 and joins other Azimio principals who have joined Ruto's team.
These leaders include former Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader and Mandera Senator-elect Ali Roba and Ugenya MP-elect David Ochieng.
Ruto hands with MDG party leader David Ochieng alongside other politicians on Friday August 26 2022 at Karen Nairobi.
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