Renowned city lawyer Cliff Ombetta has formally announced that he will join United Democratic Alliance (UDA) an outfit heavily associated with Jubilee party deputy leader William Ruto.
In an interview with Nation on Tuesday, June 29, Ombetta said he will use UDA party to contest for the Bonchari parliamentary seat in the 2022 General Election.
“I will vie for the Bonchari parliamentary seat in 2022 on a UDA ticket. We are not wasting any time … we have started campaigning,” Ombetta said.
Ombetta’s declaration comes barely a month after the criminal lawyer threw his support behind the then UDA candidate Teresa Bitutu in the dramatic Bonchari by-elections.
He said he shelved his political ambitions in the May 18 by-election in favour of Teresa Bitutu, widow of late Bonchari MP John Oroo Oyioka who was defeated by ODM candidate Pavel Oimeke.
Following the loss, Ombetta said it is now time for people to pursue their own path adding that he is presently focused on grassroots mobilisation ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Ruto’s camp has been receiving politicians especially those from President Uhuru’s turf Mount Kenya.
While Ruto’s party appears to be gaining momentum across the country, Jubilee party on the toher hand is experiencing turbulance.
The party s no longer the huge and powerful political machine which propelled President Uhuru Kenyatta to his second term in office.
However, in an apparent move to redeem lost glory, the Jubilee party is in talks with the ODM to unite and work together in a deal that will see them field one presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.