Few hours after Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru hinted that she will soon join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) as she fights to defend her gubernatorial seat in the 2022 election, Deputy president William Ruto has cleared the air after sending a tough message to all aspirants planning to vie for political seats on UDA tickets come 2022.
Waiguru had earlier said that she will soon unveil the party through which she will defend her seat in 2022. She had made it clear that her decision will depend on the views of the Kirinyaga voters.
While attending a function in Kirinyaga early today, Wednesday, she asked the crowd to tell her the party they wish her to use in the 2022 election, whith shouts of "UDA! UDA!" filling the air.
"If I come with that party you will vote me again?" She asked as the crowd shouted in approval.
"I said that I will come with the party that my people want and that's the way to go," she said.<https://youtu.be/B62ZugXL7Dg>
Her declaration created more "confusion" since a close ally of the DP, Kirinyaga Women Rep Purity Ngirici, had also declared interest in the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat through the same UDA ticket. Ngirici was presumably the UDA choice for Kirinyaga governor before Waiguru's entry.
However, UDA's presidential choice William Ruto has cleared the air, warning that the party's ticket for any seat will not be a walk in the path.
Speaking at his Karen residence where he met religious and grassroot leaders from Lari constituency, Ruto said that no aspirants will be given free party tickets in 2022.
He said that anybody who wants to vie on the party's ticket must make a date with the voters on the ground because they are the people who will decide their leaders.
"Everybody will get a chance in this UDA Party. We will have free and fair nominations," Ruto said.
"I want to assure those who want to vie on UDA tickets that it is the people who will decide their leaders. If you want a ticket, go to the people, you don't have to know anybody to get the ticket because it is the people who will decide," he added.<https://youtu.be/rUrESZlF3MI>
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