Butere MP Tindi Mwale has officially joined the Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K) after dumping the Amani National Congress(ANC) Party.
Hon Mwale was received on Wednesday by Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and DAP-K party leader Hon Wafula Wamunyinyi as well as Lugari MP Ayub Savula who also is the Deputy party leader among other politicians allied to the party.
The Butere MP was also named as the party’s Chief Whip in the National Assembly with immediate effect.
Hon Mwale attributed his defection from ANC to the recent coalition with UDA led by Deputy President William Ruto under the Kenya Kwanza alliance.
“I was a staunch supporter of ANC but after the recent developments, my people have urged me to follow a different political direction. Musalia was promised a cabinet seat if he entered into a coalition with UDA. I will however support Raila Odinga’s presidential bid,” he stated.
Hon Wamunyinyi revealed DAP-k will fully support Odinga’s presidential bid but the party will field its own candidates in various elective seats.
“We assure Raila Amolo Odinga that we will use all our resources to mobilize our people to vote for him. We have already started by ensuring on the ground our people are registered as voters,” he said
His sentiments were echoed by CS Wamalwa who claimed Mudavadi and Wetangula had failed to provide guidance to the Luhya community hence the mass defections by politicians from the ANC party.
“Musalia Mudavadi and his counterpart Moses Wetangula have failed to provide leadership in the Western Kenya region, the two have lost direction. They no longer speak for us,” said Wamalwa
Wamalwa said the DAP-K will back ODM leader Raila Odinga in his presidential bid under the Azimio la Umoja movement.
“Azimio la Umoja is the only team that speaks for one united sovereign nation called Kenya. We don’t speak for hustlers or dynasties, we speak for all Kenyans. We support Raila Odinga because he is the champion of an equal society, he is the one who can address the inequities of the past,” he said
More MPs from the Western region are set to the DAP-K next week.