MPs Oku Kaunya, Teso North, Oscar Nabulindo of Matungu and former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende ditch Musalia Muvadi and joined the DAP-Kenya.
Former Nyamira Senator Mongare Okongo of Ford Kenya has also defected to the Wafula Wamunyinyi-led party.
Marende explained that his intention to join ANC was halted after Mudavadi made a pact with Deputy President William Ruto who he termed as bad company.
“From the latest action by Mudavadi, I feel betrayed. You can’t give Kenyans a progressive country if you associate with bad companies. As a result of the step by Mudavadi which is a bad step and suicidal politically. We shall leave him in the past,” said Marende.
The former Speaker who intends to vie for the Vihiga gubernatorial seat on the DAP-K ticket said he had no option but to leave Mudavadi behind.
“Am afraid that Ruto’s zone is a no go zone. We had cautioned him not to associate with that company. Economic growth is not foreseeable with that company,” Marende stated.
DAP-K Deputy Party Leader Ayub Savula alleged that Mudavadi had been paid to get into a coalition with Ruto so as to facilitate the “auction of the Luyha votes.”
Savula stated the defections from ANC were a clear signal that Mudavadi will be forced to go it alone in the 2022 polls.
“Musalia you will walk alone without the Luyha community. We know the monies that Musalia was given to destroy the Luyha community. We will sweep the ANC house clean before 2022,” said Savula.
Party Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu while welcoming the defectors urged voters in the Western region to shun Mudavadi.
“I urge the people in Western not to listen to him every ten years because he is bound to make a blunder. People of western have no doubt that the route of UDA is not our option. We will associate with Azimio la Umoja,” said Simiyu.
His sentiments were echoed by Cabinet Secretary for Defence Eugene Wamalwa saying they believed that Mudavadi was a serious presidential contender but his recent move showed he was just a UDA supporter.
Wamalwa warned that the Luyha community risked being in the opposition should they follow Mudavadi’s recent political steps.
“What happened yesterday showed us that Musalia is a supporter of Ruto. We cannot support a supporter. Musalia and Mudavadi no longer lead us because they have failed the test of leadership,” he said.
Mudavadi dashed hopes of ever teaming up with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga saying the Azimio la Umoja Movement was not an option.