Deputy President William Ruto has confirmed that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party nominations are set for April 14 and that he will personally supervise the exercise to ensure there is credibility.
“I want to assure all candidates across the country that we have the necessary experience and knowledge to run a credible nomination and we know the importance of that exercise. And as I told our members I will personally supervise to ensure that exercise is above board and every member gets an opportunity to be voted for to win or not win fairly,” Ruto said.
The country’s second in command spoke during a press briefing at his Karen residence in Nairobi, he assured UDA aspirants that under his supervision the primaries will be fair and credible.
“I want to assure our members that there will be free and fair nominations starting Thursday next week. Necessary arrangements have been made and I have personally been supervising that exercise the last two days,” he added.
Deputy Ruto further revealed that an additional 15 million ballot papers will be printed ahead of the commencement of party nominations, adding that the party will be ready by the weekend.
At the same time, the DP announced that Kisii county ANC governor aspirant, Charles Matoke had stepped down from his gubernatorial bid in order to support UDA’s Ezekiel Machogu, a move he says was made through a clear consensus and will strengthen the party’s winning prospects in the gubernatorial race for the county.
Joel Nyambane on the other hand stepped down for Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi who will now vie for the county’s senate seat.
“We have had extensive talks between our Kenya Kwanza teams in Kisii County which has resulted in consolidation in the realignment of our candidates so that we can face our competitors in a much more efficient way
“I want to congratulate our teams in Kisii County who have tirelessly worked to ensure that we have seamless working relationships between the different parties in our Kenya Kwanza team.”
Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi said the move will help the Kenya Kwanza Alliance secure wins in the coming polls.