Ruto reveals his one-party plan to Kenya Kwanza lawmakers as he sets his sight on the 2027 general elections.
In contrast to the trend since 2002, when every subsequent General Election was used to delegitimize the incumbent’s ruling party, President William Ruto has his eyes set firmly on the 2027 reelection and leaving the nation with a single united party for the future.
According to confidential reports from Thursday’s Parliamentary Group meeting at State House Nairobi, Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua confided to MPs that to increase their success, they must be in one big party that will preserve either the UDA or Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA) trademarks.
Ruto was reported to have told the MPs that they should keep the debate alive in their respective constituent parties about the immense benefits of approaching 2027 as a formidable party that will retain its current strongholds and eats into the opposition.
Moses Kuria, the leader of the Chama Cha Kazi Party and current Trade CS, has already declared his intention to dissolve it and merge with UDA.
Ruto’s one-party plan
“The meeting that started at 7 am had the President and Deputy suggest to us that we engage our National Executive Councils (NEC) in our domicile parties to pursue collapsing into one national party,” said a Mt Kenya MP.
When asked if the two leaders came up with the party’s name preference, the MP said that “the president made this call as a passing thing… similar to testing waters
The MP continued, “But the President said a Parliamentary Group meeting should not attempt to create resolutions of individual NECs,”
The meeting, it was claimed, was forced to embrace the discussion of 2027 and the idea that a united administration, not political parties, could bring about national unity.
“Ruto said Kenya Kwanza Alliance should also seek to make history by giving the country a solid ruling political party of the future as opposed to the trend of aspirants moving into the next General Elections in new parties every five years,” said another MP.
Ruto was reported to be winning hearts in this cause owing to what was described as a “gentlemanly trait of keeping his word and acting for the common good”.
To keep political passions high, the two leaders suggested that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance was committed to winning back Elgeyo Marakwet’s Senate seat as well as Garissa Town and Kandara parliamentary slots that are now vacant following the swearing-in of Kipchumba Murkomen, Adan Duale and Alice Wahome respectively, to the Cabinet.