Deputy President William Ruto’s party UDA has bagged another electoral seat in the huge voting bloc in what appears the recently rebranded outfit is gaining support in the Mt Kenya region.
UDA candidate Simon Kiambi Ngaruni won the hotly contested Kiagu Ward by-election garnering 2,440 votes against his closest challenger Milton Mwenda of Moses Kuria’s Chama Cha Kazi party who garnered 1823 votes.
Jubilee party aspirant Samson Kinyua Magambo came third after scooping 1,609 votes, in what analysts say the ruling party could have lost control of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s turf.
The deputy president said the win demonstrates that the Hustler Nation is strong adding that Kenyans have accepted the UDA party as a national political party for all.
“The People of Kiagu and Mahoo wards in Meru and Taita Taveta counties have given the economic agenda of the Hustler Nation a big thumb up,” Ruto said in a Tweet on Friday, December 17.
This comes barely months after Kiambaa legislator John Njuguna became the first-ever Member of Parliament to be elected on a UDA ticket
While conceding defeat after his Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) political party emerged second, outspoken Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria stated that the electorate had sent a strong message that the future of Meru, Mt Kenya region, and Kenya at large lies in the hands of his party.
“For a party that was registered on 17th August 2021, we have done very well. For 3 months that I have been in a hospital bed till now, you have demonstrated that you believe in our Kazi Na Pesa message of jobs creation and entrepreneurship,” Moses Kuria wrote on his Facebook page.
Kuria who is set to undergo stem cell surgery in Dubai after the MP’s feet got burnt, maintained that CCK is not a regional, ethnic party, or small party saying the political vehicle will do wonders during the August elections next year.
“We deserve respect or in the absence of which the least we request is less pride and less contempt. 2022 here we come,” he added.