Police in Kuresoi, Rift Valley have pulled down a UDA wheelbarrow that had been hoisted at the police station.
This comes barely a day after the UDA party offices in Trans Nzoia were on Monday, May 3, vandalized with Party’s Secretary-General Veronica Maina stating that the incident was orchestrated by a few hooligans whose intention was to distract the ongoing registration process.
The wheelbarrow was officially incorporated as symbol of the recently formed UDA a party, an outfit that is heavily linked to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.
In a gazette notice dated December 28, the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu announced that the wheelbarrow would be the symbol identifying the UDA party.
The move to pull down the wheelbarrow has elicited sharp reactions from a section of Members of Parliament allied to the DP.
According to Soy MP, Kuresoi Officer Commanding Station must have received orders from the “deep state” but said it will be mounted back.
“The OCS Kuresoi South removed UDA wheelbarrow. Guess its instructions from the above,” he said in a tweet.
Despite the fact that the second in command has fallen out with his boss, the Tanga Tanga leader has been gaining popularity not only in the Rift Valley but across the nation.
Some of the slogans that are wooing supporters to the Tanga Tanga camp include the wheelbarrow symbol, the Hustler narrative as well as the Bottom-up economic strategy.
In April 2020, the ruling party Jubilee wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu requesting her to cut links with UDA.
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said their decision to terminate their pre-election pact with UDA was reached at after the Ruto’s wing fielded candidates against the Jubilee party in recent by elections.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that the relationship between the former Eldoret North MP and his boss has deteriorated in the recent past to an extent that the president does not even invite his deputy to a state function.