UDA sets date, venue for national governing council meeting

UDA sets date, venue for national governing council meeting

By Peter Ochieng 

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party Secretary General Cleophas Malala has given notice of the outfit’s impending National Governing Council (NGC) meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Bomas of Kenya on September 29th, 2023. UDA party leader, president William Ruto will give the main address.

“Pursuant to and in accordance with Article 7 and 8 (vi) (ix) and 24.5 (ii) of the United Democratic Alliance constitution, the Secretary General, upon request and concurrence of the party leader, H.E William Ruto now, and hereby convenes the National Governing Council to be held on 29th September, 2023 at 9.00am at Bomas of Kenya,” Malala said in the notice seen by Nairobi Review.

“Please note that all elected and nominated leaders will be expected to fully regularise their subscriptions,” added the former Kakamega Senator.

Malala said among the issues on the table as agenda include party grassroots elections, expected in the coming months.

It is not clear whether leaders and members of Kenya Kwanza Alliance affiliate parties will be invited to attend the NGC.

UDA joined forces with various parties ahead of the 2022 polls among them Ford Kenya and Amani National Congress (ANC), which in the end propelled William Ruto to the House on the Hill – State House.

However, Malala is on record, not once or twice, demanding for the folding of all other parties in Kenya Kwanza, for a ‘strong UDA’ party.

Leaders aligned to ANC and Ford Kenya have opposed his calls, insisting that folding of their political vehicles was not part of the deal or bargain when they came together last year.

“We do not want a variety of parties and representatives. If you go to other places, the majority of elected people and seats are UDA and when you hear about shares they are qualified to get a big share of the government,” Malala said in Mumias this month.

“Mudavadi had to join Kanu to be appointed vice president and served for three months. William Ruto folded his URP party while serving as deputy president and he is now the president,” added the UDA SG.

“We have been having so many small parties for the last 20 years, and we have never won the presidency. We cannot afford to do the same thing the same way and expect different results. We urge them to join the ruling party so that they can one day become president.”

However, some politicians in UDA among them Kimilili MP Didymus Barasa who is reportedly eyeing the Bungoma County gubernatorial seat in 2027, is opposed to party merger in Kenya Kwanza.

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