President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party has received a huge boost after UDA pointman shifted to their camp.
With only a week left to the Kiambaa by-election, UDA pointman Raymond Kuria has thrown his weight behind Jubilee’s Kariri Njama.
On July 8, Raymond accompanied Kariri Njama and other Jubilee candidates who were kicked out of the race during nominations to State House.
They met President Uhuru Kenyatta and discussed how they can deliver the Kiambaa seat to Jubilee.
Before his debut as a chief campaigner of DP Ruto’s UDA camp, Raymond had contested for the People’s Empowerment Party ticket but was implored to drop his bid in favour of UDA’s John Njuguna.
However, Raymond’s withdrawal from the Kiambaa by-election race was not a walk in the park, it resulted in tension between PEP party leader Moses Kuria and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.
Moses Kuria had fronted Raymond as PEP candidate, while UDA had fronted John Njuguna, who had the full support of Rigathi Gachagua.
But Moses Kuria did not take this kindly. He accused Mathira MP of being jealous and intimidating small parties within UDA.
“These guys are just feeling bad that I singlehandedly fought for Juja and won. They are jealous of my success but I want to assure them to be ready for a serious battle. PEP is unstoppable,” Moses Kuria remarked.
The tension between the two MPs was causing cracks in the UDA party, and it took the intervention of DP Ruto to calm down Gachagua and Moses Kuria.
Ruto called them for a meeting at his Karen residence, where he convinced Moses Kuria to drop Raymond and support UDA candidate.
This is how Raymond Kuria was feted as UDA pointman for the Kiambaa by-election.