Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has yet again suffered another loss after another ally from the Mt. Kenya region announced that he had decamped.
The former Igembe North MP Joseph M’Eruaki said he had left the UDA party whose symbol is a wheelbarrow and re-joined Mwangi Kiunjuri’s The Service Party of Kenya (TSP).
This comes barely weeks after Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici left the party over claims of mistreatment and favouritism by top UDA leadership.
Ms Ngirichi, a staunch member and supporter of the UDA party until her defection, had also faulted UDA officials “for treating her badly” despite being one of the key founders and investors in party.
Mr M’Eruaki decamped from UDA on Wednesday, joining a growing list of politicians and aspirants leaving the DP Ruto-led party over disagreements on mergers between UDA and smaller parties.
The former MP, who has already declared his interest in reclaiming his former Igembe North seat, was officially received by TSP leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Secretary-General Mwenda Makathimo.
The Igembe North seat is currently held by National Assembly Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore.
Mr M’eruaki had left TSP early November to join UDA, but bowed to pressure from his constituents, majority of whom are TSP supporters.