UDA Aspirants Accuse Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet of meddling in the Party’s nomination exercise.
Three United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party aspirants from Trans Nzoia County’s Saboti Ward have asked Deputy President William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet to stay out of the ward’s party nominations.
UDA Aspirants Accuse Ruto’s aide Farouk of meddling in nomination
Lucas Naibei, Leonard Moss, and Steve Matui said Kibet and Endebes MP Robert Pukose had allegedly planned to give a direct ticket to an unpopular aspirant.
“The people you are seeing here including four others that are not here are in utter shock after realizing that there are forces out to jeopardize plans of the party conducting credible, free and fair polls,’’ Naibei said.
“We have been crisscrossing the ward and by extension the whole constituency for the past three years trying to sell our agenda and the Deputy President’s. We have invested more than 15 million in this cause which is being put in jeopardy by some ruthless cartels,” he added.
The three aspirants issued an ultimatum to the party, demanding that the nominations be conducted in a transparent manner, free of backroom agreements by brokers seeking to impede those seeking change.
UDA nominations started off last week with rigging allegations dominating the exercise in some polling stations, pre-marked ballot papers claim, and ugly confrontations.
Voting materials did not arrive on schedule at some polling places, leading the National Elections Board to cancel primaries in several parts.
The nominations were also marked with chaos as the losers accused their opponents and UDA party officials of mismanaging the primaries.
In Bomet County, nominated senator Wilson Sossion and Senator Christopher Langat threatened to dump UDA and run as independents after they lost the chance to fly the UDA flag in the General Election.
In Kajiado County, governor hopeful Peris Tobiko claimed foul play after provisional results showed her losing to Kajiado South MP Katoo ole Metito.
She wanted a rerun of the nominations, claiming that party leaders botched the process.
In Laikipia, woman representative Catherine Waruguru was defeated by incumbent Amin Deddy for the Laikipia East parliamentary seat.
Ms Waruguru had long been considered a front-runner for the seat, and she had even shifted her focus to the General Election as she sparred with Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri of The Service Party (TSP), who is also running for the seat.