Kabogo dismisses UDA influence in Mt Kenya
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has dismissed claims that Deputy President William Ruto's party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has a greater influence in the Mt Kenya region ahead of other political vehicles.
Kabogo said that the region will not give away their elective seat to foreign parties. According to him, the region has agreed to give foreign parties a president hence will not allow them to take other elective seats.
“We’re not going to give away our elective seats to foreign parties. Our people are going to elect governors, senators, MPs and MCAs. We have said we shall give them the presidency but the other seats belong to our parties," Kabogo told a local daily.
The former county chief further revealed that people from the Mt Kenya region will not elect their leaders based on their parties but their ability to better their lives.
“There is nothing like a UDA wave in Mt. Kenya. We are going to elect leaders based on their capacity to improve their livelihoods,” he said.
Kabogo further dismissed claims that the 2022 presidential race is a race between DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga. He noted that politics is a game of chase, therefore, anything can happen between now and the next general elections.
According to him, there can be a third political vehicle that can emerge and pass the "two horses".
“I am not a witch nor prophet but I suspect a surprise. Just as in 2002 when everyone thought the race was between Odinga and Kenyatta a new dispensation was birthed on October 14,” Kabogo said.
Adding: "Kibaki Tosha happened and he was overwhelmingly elected the president. Something might happen that will take the presidency elsewhere."
Kabogo, however, asked Kenyans to vote for their leaders wisely when the 2033 General Elections comes. He asked them to elect leaders who will listen to their problems.
“You can’t elect a bad leader then start complaining when bad things start emerging. Elect good leaders and if you elect bad leaders, shut up for the next five years,” he told the publication.