Six politicians closely associated with DP William Ruto announced defections to Jubilee Party Friday, a move described as a big win for Raila Odinga’s Azimio campaigns for the presidency.
Sirisia MP John Waluke, former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau and three legislators from Turkana took the bold move abandoning UDA, a move that will likely cripple Ruto’s popularity.
Joyce Emanikor, Lokiru and Lomenen are the leaders from Turkana who moved from UDA to Jubilee.
The three were received by Jubilee Party Director of Elections Kanini Kega.
“This is a big win for our party and the candidature of Raila Odinga,” Kega said. “Ours is a democratic party that is ready to accommodate all,” he added.
In Western Kenya, Waluke said he felt under-valued in UDA after the entry of Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula.
Waluke was elected on a Jubilee ticket but he was among members of parliament from western Kenya who had openly shown support for Ruto.
“Waluke is a Jubilee Party member and in fact he has already paid his fees,” said Jeremiah Kioni, Jubilee party’s Secretary-General.
He and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa were also part of DP Ruto’s point men in the western region.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said Waluke’s exit from UDA is a huge win for the Azimio campaigns in Western Kenya.