Over 150 lawmakers and grassroots leaders from William Ruto's home constituency switched from his Kenya Kwanza Alliance to Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, dealing the deputy president a severe blow.
In a shocking turn of events, MPs from Dr. Ruto's native county of Uasin Gishu switched from Musalia Mudavadi's ANC party to the Azimio la Umoja coalition on Tuesday, claiming that the former vice president had never asked their opinion before allying with the DP in Kenya Kwanza.
Another faction from the neighboring Nandi County left Ruto's United Democratic Alliance party, claiming that the Azimio la Umoja coalition would better serve their interests.
The roughly 150 leaders were welcomed by former cabinet minister Dr. Sally Kosgey and Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos at the Azimio la Umoja coalition in Eldoret. In the pro-Ruto area, the two are Raila's principal foot soldiers.
The change comes just one month after Kipruto Arap Kirwa, the deputy chairman of the UDA party and a former cabinet minister, joined the Azimio la Umoja alliance and complained that the Ruto-led government was not conducted transparently.
This occurs as Raila tries to eat into the DP's Rift Valley regional backyard in order to increase his numerical advantage and launch his presidential ambitions come the general election on August 9.
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