The United Democratic Alliance has downplayed Kipruto Kirwa’s move to the Azimio-One Kenya coalition.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak Show on Monday, Soy MP Caleb Kositany said that Kirwa’s move does not dent their prospects towards clinching presidency in the August polls, arguing that the seasoned politician has made a huge mistake.
“I think he has made a very big mistake and he has made those mistakes before but let him be. I think it his decision to bolt out but it has no dent on UDA we are soldiering on,” Kositany noted.
According to the MP, Kirwa’s move was unprecedented as he had communicated his defection to no one.
“I didn’t see any signs since I have not interacted with him for long so I wouldn’t have read any signs and its not an issue,” said Kositany.
“He said that he has gone with his one vote so whether that is what will give the 50 plus one then we wish him well.”
Kirwa who decamped to Azimio on Sunday was UDA’s Vice-Chairperson.
The politician who spoke during an Azimio rally on Sunday said that Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua had introduced him to Raila camp.
“I called Karua yesterday and told her to take me to Baba’s side.” Kirwa said.
“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.”