United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party chairperson Johnstone Muthama has refuted claims that he is dumping the Deputy President William Ruto-led political outfit.
Speaking on Monday, Muthama who is also eyeing the Machakos governorship seat on a UDA ticket said the party was sure to form the next administration and his loyalty still stands.
“I am in UDA to stay, to form the next government. I cannot be that shortsighted to lose track of where we are headed while we are so close to the destination. That is not the Muthama Kenyans know,” he told The Standard.
He termed this period as an exciting moment for him at the party’s leadership which he would not trade by switching camps.
This is in spite of the party’s vice-chair Kipruto Kirwa ditching the outfit for Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja camp over the weekend.
“As a party, we have led the way. We have beaten the other side to this, and their attempts to take our approach are showing. Kenyans can clearly tell the difference. How could I then leave my party when we are setting the standards?” posed Muthama.
According to Muthama, joining the Azimio brigade would have to be through another political party, yet he has zero working relations with any of them.
Kirwa announced that he had resigned from UDA during an Azimio la Umoja rally at Sirisia Market in Bungoma County on Sunday.
“I Kipruto Arap Kirwa have resigned as UDA vice-chairman. From the moment our team unveiled the running mate last week, I knew that democracy would be suppressed if they get into power,” Kirwa told the crowd.
“I waited for Raila to announce his deputy because I cannot stay somewhere democracy is threatened,” he added.
Kirwa noted that Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua introduced him to the camp, saying; “I called Karua yesterday and told her to take me to Baba’s side.”