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Ababu drums up support to Ruto, joins UDA

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Administrative Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ababu Namwamba, said he was part of UDA.

Ababu said he would not support the leaders he named as storytellers. He said Kenya needed leaders with a tendency to take action like Vice President William Ruto.

The former Budalang’i MP was to host Ruto in Teso North sub-county in Busia on Friday for the Isambo football tournament where the DP was to present trophies and other prizes. Ruto did not attend the ceremony.


The event was organized by Ababu along with MCA candidate Leonard Karakacha and was attended by UDA officials from Busia and football fans in the country. Speaker after speaker, they supported Ruto.

After confirming that Ruto could not attend the final of the football tournament, Ababu said that a similar ceremony could be held soon and that he would not hesitate to invite the DP as a guest.

Ababu said Ruto has shown his ability to lead Kenya.

“For me and my sister [former Teso South MP] Mary Emase who believe in yellow, we will be organizing another event that brings together all the football clubs in Busia County,” he said.

Yellow is associated with the UDA party.

“And for you, the people of Malaba and Teso North do not continue politics. Do not let people come here and tell you stories.

“In Budalang’i, we decided that we would stand firm with the boss. We will not leave anyone behind. We will follow the leaders who perform and that is why we have stated that he will stand with the leaders who are performing.

Kenyans, said Ababu, should embrace leaders with a tendency to take action and elect leaders who are committed to development.

He said that without a “practical policy” Kenya could take a long time to achieve its development.

Kenyans, he said, should elect leaders who will leave a positive mark after leaving their representation offices.

Ababu has shown little interest in joining ODM, the party that funded him in parliament when he was a Member of Parliament for two terms.

He lost his seat as MP in 2017 with Raphael Wanjala of ODM after leaving the Orange party and joining the then lesser-known Kenya Labor Party.

Ababu has not yet said whether he will run for re-election in this year’s elections.

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