President-Elect William Ruto Amassing Leaders

President-Elect William Ruto

President-elect William Ruto of Kenya Kwanza has since his announcement as the winner of the August 9th elections been a busy man evidenced by his moves as he broadens his numbers in the Houses of parliament and the senate.

The move has sparked controversy from political bigwigs who view it as a stride back to the one-party state earlier fought under the KANU-Moi regime.

Even though the president-elect has urged that it is necessary in ensuring that bills like the Hustler fund are passed to assist fight the economic challenges faced.

A view into Deputy President William Ruto’s numbers in the representation across the country amongst leaders is an eye opener to his cards of majority representatives having garnered at least 720 ward representatives under affiliate parties.

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party led by Raila Odinga has 607 MCAs out of the 1,450 in the 47 county assemblies elected under affiliate parties.

DP Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) attained up to 516 MCAs while Mr. Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)’s managed to attain 268 MCAs as the Independent candidates did prove an influence having won seats in 120 wards.

Kenya Kwanza Alliance President-elect William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua

In Kenya Kwanza; Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya and Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) managed more than 30 MCAs with other affiliate parties bringing in less than 10 ward representatives to the alliance.

In Azimio on the other hand, Jubilee Party and Wiper Democratic Movement have 70 and 69 MCAs respectively with Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K) and Kanu with about 20 each.

A look at the numbers of representatives makes it evident that the various defections have done Azimio Coalition more harm than good as the defectors are empowering the Kenya Kwanza Alliance numbers with an addition of up to 78 representatives.

After defections from Mandera Senator-elect Ali Roba’s United Democratic Movement (UDM) defection which meant the 36 MCAs were under Kenya Kwanza.

The former Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap has 17 MCAs, with former Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s Pamoja African Alliance having 16 MCAs and former Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana adding 9MCAs to the count.

The Kenya Kwanza Alliance keeps amassing numbers edging Azimio in the control of governors as Kenya Kwanza Alliance garnered a total of 24 governors; UDA-19, UDM-2, Ford Kenya, and ANC a governor each with one Independent Meru-governor elect who joined.

While the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party managed 20 governors; ODM-14, Wiper-3, UPA, and DAP-K offered one each as well as Taita Governor-Elect Andrew Mwadime who is yet to pick a side.

Now both coalitions await the 29th scheduled gubernatorial elections with hopes of winning through their candidates in the Mombasa and Kakamega regions.

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