Kiraitu Murungi DEP party to join Kenya Kwanza

Previous Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) is set to join President-elect William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

The 13 MCAs of the Meru County Assembly chose on the DEP ticket and 13 chosen on United Democratic Alliance ticket were stayed in a gathering at Dr Ruto’s Karen home Friday morning, as per a top DEP official.

“We are having tea at Ruto’s Karen home anticipating the declaration,” said an authority who didn’t wish to be named since discussions had not yet been finished.

Before the August 9 races, Mr Murungi overcame a flood of assaults from UDA supporters and the party wave in Meru with Dr Ruto encouraging him to leave Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja alliance however he waited.

A file image of Kiraitu Murungi leader of DEP image
A file image of Kiraitu Murungi leader of DEP image

At first excused as a political fledgling, Ms Kawira Mwangaza (Independent) gave Mr Murungi a stunning loss in the races. Ms Mwangaza quickly joined Kenya Kwanza.

Ms Mwangaza who had filled in as Woman Rep starting around 2017 pulled a shock by gathering 209,148 votes against her nearest challenger, previous congressperson Mithika Linturi who got 183,859 votes while Mr Murungi collected 110,814 votes.

DEP got 13 seats against UDA’s 12 and after delay of Nyaki West ward races following irregularities in the voting form papers, DEP would have liked to win the seat and order a greater part at the gathering.