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Ruto revives one party dream ahead of 2027 polls

Ruto revives one-party dream, UDA in a grand scheme to dissolve Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties ahead of 2027 polls.

President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has revived talks in an effort to realize its goal of uniting all Kenya Kwanza affiliates under a single political party.

Prior to starting merger talks, the party now intends to undertake grassroots and party leadership elections next month, a crucial step in creating its foundation.

According to a publication by the Daily Nation, President Ruto, and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua asked the leaders to help them build a strong party, which will not be affiliated with any region or ethnicity.

According to reports, Ruto informed the leaders that negotiations are ongoing in Kenya Kwanza to ensure affiliate parties join UDA by 2027.

“We want UDA to have a proper national outlook and we will have elections in early 2023 to make it strong. Talks are currently underway to ensure that we have only one party, not splinter parties,” a source quoted President Ruto as saying in the meeting.

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To achieve the dream of having, the ruling UDA says it has to strengthen itself across the country by giving itself a timeline of four years from now, to build strong structures similar to what the independence party Kanu had during its heyday.

Kenya Kwanza now has 18 parties in its fold; United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Amani National Congress (ANC), Ford Kenya, Pamoja African Alliance (PAA), Democratic Party, and Maendeleo Party, among others.

UDA is banking on its planned grassroots elections, slated for February 2023, to elect its officials ahead of the big merger.

UDA chairman Johnston Muthama told the Nation that UDA is out to put in place proper structures so that it can be felt in every corner of the country.

“UDA is still a new party; we have yet to put proper structures from the grassroots and that is why it was announced by the President in October that we would conduct the elections from February 2023. It will happen from the village, then sub-location, location, sub-county, and county then the national team, and that will make the party vibrant because we will have a village chairperson up to the national level as we subscribe to bottom-up,” he said.

He disclosed that they were contemplating having only come to the 2027 General Election, noting that they are welcoming those ready to fold their parties to join UDA. He underscored that UDA will not force any political party to dissolve, but they want to form a bigger and stronger party ahead of the 2027 polls. 

“We want to go to the 2027 election as a political party known as UDA. Our election will be about the party now and that is why we are conducting elections at the grassroots. Anyone who feels like he/she wants to fold his/her party and join UDA, the doors are open for that person to do that,” he said.

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