Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi says his newly-formed Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) is open for a political coalition ahead of the 2022 elections but cannot fold up to join another political outfit.
Murungi argues that Kenya’s political scene has changed drastically over the past few years and the space that single parties once commanded is being usurped by coalitions
In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV on Friday, Murungi insisted that by coming together, parties under a coalition have enough bargaining power to air their grievances or expectations to any presidential aspirants including Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
According to Murungi, the biggest challenge with DP Ruto is that he has openly criticized coalition parties but he (Ruto) is willing to welcome anyone into his camp, as long as they join his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
This, Murungi says, is a path his party cannot follow since his time in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party was marked with uncertainties.
“We don’t want to join UDA because we have been in Jubilee. It was a big ocean but we went there and drowned. We don’t want to join UDA only for that to occur again. We want to remain in our boat. We are not going to join UDA, so long as he is not taking coalitions,” Murungi insisted.
In addition, Murungi clarified that no coalition agreements from his party’s end had been tabled before Odinga or his camp.
“In any case we have not addressed a coalition agreement with Raila and we could just not go to Kasarani for the Azimio la Umoja Convention. That was their meeting, it was not ours. We will have to sit down as a party and look at what he can bring to the table first,” the Meru Governor said.
The choice on which candidate to back between Ruto and Odinga at the polls next year, Murungi says, will be decided, via voting, by his DEP party members in March next year after which they will make an official announcement.
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