Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s party Ford Kenya has dismissed media reports it intends to work with Deputy President William Ruto ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Ford Kenya deputy party leader Richard Onyonka said although the party was ready to unite and work with other parties, it has not held talks with UDA, an outfit heavily linked to DP Ruto as reported.
“The widespread rumors that we are in talks with the Deputy President to form a coalition are not true. Ruto has never come to us wanting us to form a coalition,” Onyonka said as quoted by the Daily Nation.
Onyonka, who is also Kitutu Chache Member of Parliament, said that the party believes in the goals of the recently former One Kenya Alliance that encompasses Gideon Moi (Kanu), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) alongside Wetangula.
He said the recent series of meetings between Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and Senate speaker Ken Lusaka who is Ruto’s pointman in Bungoma is not proof that they were in talks to work with Ruto.
He further revealed that the former Bungoma governor was planning to ditch Ruto’s team and return to the Ford Kenya party that he will use to reclaim his seat.
“Senate speaker Ken Lusaka intends to return to Ford Kenya and that is why he has been accompanying the party leader on various occasions,” he went on.
This comes at a time when the National Super Alliance that brought together ODM, Ford Kenya, Wiper, and ANC is on the verge of collapsing despite calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta to revive the once most powerful coalition.
NASA co-principals have accused ODM of swindling the coalition’s political parties’ fund as well as going against their 2017 pre-election pact of supporting other candidates.
Last week, ODM leader Raila Odinga said despite his strong desire to support someone else, all other NASA co-principals are too week to wrestle the likes of William Ruto.