Kipruto Kirwa: I regret ditching Ruto for Raila

Written by on 15 December 2022

Former United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Vice Chair Kipruto Kirwa has said he regrets quiting President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza for Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition.

Speaking on K24TV on Wednesday, December 14, Kirwa said quiting Kenya Kwanza was the lowest moment of his life.

“When I decamped from Kenya Kwanza, I was not decamping to join the opposition.

I was hoping Azimio would make it to government, so it was the lowest point,” he said.

After ditching Kenya Kwanza on May 29, 2022, Kirwa was unveiled by then Raila Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua at a political rally in Sirisia, Bungoma County.

“I realised there was no democracy in UDA and from today, I’ve resigned as the party’s vice chair and I’ll support Raila for the presidency,” Kirwa said.

Kirwa said he was going to give his one vote to Raila to ensure he got 50%+1 of the votes that would be cast on August 9 to win the presidency.

While welcoming him, Karua said Kirwa is a hardworking leader who demonstrated his commitment to change Kenya when he was the Minister of Agriculture during Mwai Kibaki’s government.

“When you Kirwa, with me and Raila Odinga, just know that we are hardworking people and we’ve demonstrated when we held leadership positions,” she said.

Karua added: “Raila participated in building roads in this country. When you see high-flying roads in Kenyan towns, just know they are the products of Engineer Raila Amolo Odinga.”

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