Kipruto Kirwa, a former vice chair of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), has admitted that he left the party because of internal "toxicity."
The former Minister of Agriculture claimed that the party cannot remain steadfast without President William Ruto in an interview with K24 TV on January 12th.
"I'm not sure if UDA would continue to exist without William Ruto. Because of the intense toxicity in the inner circle, I quit UDA and joined my coworkers in Azimio during the show," he remarked.
Kirwa claimed that despite being a member of the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition, he did not join any specific party that helped to create the group.
"I relocated to Azimio, but I did not relocate to any certain party. I think we can criticize, but in a constructive way; this is our nation, and we can do that even in the opposition," he said.
At the same time, Kirwa attributed Raila Odinga's defeat in the presidential election of August 9, 2022, to the government.
"Raila had the unfortunate situation of carrying an additional load for which the government bore responsibility, and anything wrong with the government was attributed to him.
"It was also a tremendous mistake to let President Uhuru be a part of Azimio," he added.
"Losing an election is part of the electioneering process," he continued, "but I'm worried about whether we'll be able to make the electioneering period more hygienic. Nobody enters an election with the expectation of losing.
Kirwa regrets quitting UDA
The former Cherangany MP expressed sorrow for leaving Kenya Kwanza for Azimio on December 14, 2022.
"I wasn't leaving Kenya Kwanza to join the resistance when I left. It was the lowest point because, I was hopeful Azimio would make it to government."
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