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UDA Mount Kenya Advocates for Top Leadership Positions Amidst Party Tensions

New political power struggles now threaten the grassroots elections of the party led by President William Ruto, scheduled for next month, with intense regional tension.

Efforts by the Mount Kenya region to push for a single deputy leader in the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have stirred controversy within the ruling party.

New political power struggles now threaten the grassroots elections of the party led by President William Ruto, scheduled for next month, with intense regional tension.

Western region MPs are advocating for the expansion of the party structure to have two deputy leaders, with Senate Majority Leader Boni Khalwale being proposed as one of them.

However, their counterparts from the Mount Kenya region have opposed this arrangement and are now vying for the position of the secretary-general, currently held by former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala from the Western region, with Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro being suggested.

New political power struggles now threaten the grassroots elections of the party led by President William Ruto, scheduled for next month, with intense regional tension.
New political power struggles now threaten the grassroots elections of the party led by President William Ruto, scheduled for next month, with intense regional tension.

Many Mount Kenya MPs now claim that the plan to have more than one deputy leader is part of a broader political scheme aimed at reducing the influence of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in the 2032 election succession politics.

This comes after Khalwale created a storm in the ruling party by warning Gachagua to prepare to see the Western region dominate the presidency when Ruto’s term ends in 2032 if he is re-elected.

The Kakamega Senator cautioned that no one at the national and county levels would use the people of Western Kenya before and during the 2032 elections.

“The Deputy President should listen to me, whether he likes it or not, 2032 is the time for the Luhya community presidency,” Khalwale said.

With a sense of uncertainty across the country less than a month before the party election, Khalwale accused Gachagua of planting leaders he referred to as ‘young boys’ in different areas while promoting himself as Ruto’s heir.

“In Mombasa, he has promoted Omar Hassan, in the West, he has Malala, and there are several others in different areas to neutralize key politicians in those areas so that the elders do not disrupt his presidential ambitions. But I repeat, whether he likes it or not, 2032 is the time for the Luhya community presidency,” he said.

On Sunday, Mount Kenya leaders stated that they would not allow a party structure with more than one deputy leader. Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga said the position should be reserved for Gachagua, while calling for the secretary-general position to go to a leader from the region.

“There must be a party leader and a deputy party leader. Others can be anything they want to be, and we demand that as UDA members,” Kahiga said.

The position is currently held by Gachagua; however, there are reports that the party intends to create another deputy leader position to ensure regional balance.

“We have one party leader, and it is also important to have one deputy party leader,” said Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga.

He stated that the party’s constitution does not allow two deputy leaders as it would create multiple power centers, leading to political conflicts.

Kirinyaga Senator James Murango said there was no need to expand the party’s structure to have more regional leaders when UDA already has a national outlook.

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Abdul

Abdul is a journalist by profession having graduated from St.Paul University.

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