The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has assured aspirants that it will conduct free and fair nominations.
UDA National Election Board Chair Antony Mwaura said that UDA, a party heavily associated with Deputy President William Ruto will hire international observers in a move that aims at ensuring transparency during the nominations.
“We want to assure all the aspirants that these elections will be free, fair, and verifiable and we are going to maintain the highest level of nationalism,
“Turashirikiana na watu wa IEBC hata tutakuwa na International obsevers wakuje waangalie (We are partnering with IEBC people and international observers to come and oversee the whole exercise,” Mwaura said.
Mwaura who was speaking on Monday, February 14, said none of the UDA aspirants had been given a direct ticket and called on the party members to exercise decorum while campaigning.
Without mentioning names, the UDA NEB chair further assured ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Musalia Mudavadi that they are free to battle it out with the Deputy President for the presidential ticket.
“There is nobody with the certificate. Even the person who is contesting the position of the president does not have a certificate,” he said while referring to William Ruto.
His remarks come a month after Kirinyaga woman representative Wangui Ngirici decamped from William Ruto’s party citing bias.
Ngirici claimed that Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru who is her bitter rival had already secured the nomination ticket adding that there was no need for her to be a party to a sham exercise.
“My issues are not mainly because Waiguru joined UDA but the bullying which is happening in the party,” she said insisting that she will challenge Waiguru on an independent ticket.