Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has fallen out with DP Ruto’s camp in what marks the beginning of the end of a relationship that has seen the two sides expand their influence in the Mount Kenya and Rift Valley region.
At the center of the fallout is the decision by UDA to field a candidate in the Kiambaa by-elections at a time when Moses Kuria had already unveiled Raymond Kuria to fly the People’s Empowerment Party flag.
It has since emerged that Kuria was expecting DP Ruto and his UDA brigade to back the PEP candidate as was the case in Juja and was disappointed when this did not come to pass.
The division played out on Friday May 21, when Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua stated in a press conference that the UDA party would support John Njuguna Wanjiku arguing that all others were on their own.
UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina divulged that supporting Njuguna was informed by a number of consultative meetings.
“This UDA ticked is a good one, I promise you. It is one of the best options in the market today for any political seat. We are not boasting or alleging to be better than anyone else,” she stated.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa drove the point home stating that no one should hide under the hustler umbrella as was the case in Juja when Moses Kuria and George Koimburi campaigned under the hustler tag.
” No other candidate should come and say that they are under the hustler nation. We will be there as they campaign. The entire membership of the hustler nation is behind you,” Ichungwa assured Wanjiku.
The developments saw an angry Kuria throw a jibe at Gachagua who once served as a District Officer (DO).
“Once a DO, always a DO,” Kuria posted on his Facebook page.