Thika Member of Parliament (MP), Patrick Wainaina has, on Thursday, February 3, officially announced his defection from Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
While speaking to the media in Thika, Wainaina, announced that he will not be contesting for the Kiambu County gubernatorial seat under UDA in the August 9 General Election.
The Thika MP has been missing from the UDA campaign trail since he was asked to foot an unwarranted bill left by the DP. In his address, the lawmaker explained that running for the seat on UDA would be his downfall.
He further noted that running using a national party would undermine his transparency as a leader since it would hinder him from making independent decisions. The Thika legislator revealed that he will look for a party that suits his values, or vie as an independent candidate.
Wainaina’s fallout has been linked to the Ksh5 million bill he had to foot after the DP promised women and youth groups in Thika and Gatundu Ksh3 million and Ksh2 million respectively.
In a turn of events that left the MP shocked, Ruto told the youth that the money would be channeled through the Thika lawmaker. This prompted the business community to demand the money from the legislator, despite Ruto not honoring his pledge.
On February 3, he confirmed that the Second-in-Command remitted the sum total of Ksh5 million to him as promised. Wainaina revealed that he ensured the money reached the people as intended.
“I do not want anyone spoiling the DPs name. I can guarantee that he sent all the money which I distributed in two batches. I sent out the money via mobile wallet and we even have records of the same,” the MP confirmed.
His defection comes a day after Turkana South MP, James Lomenen announced his exit from UDA on February 2. Lomenen, who eyes the Turkana County gubernatorial seat, joined the newly formed UPYA Party led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ukur Yattani.