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Kenya 2022: Who’s who in William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance?

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By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on May 30, 2022 08:34

In early April, Deputy President William Ruto, a presidential contender, admitted eight new people to his Kenya Kwanza Alliance, bringing the total number of political parties to 12. However, unlike Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja – a registered coalition party – Kenya Kwanza is an alliance of parties. We outline those closest to Ruto in the alliance.

The founding political parties are Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetangula’s Forum for Restoration of Democracy Kenya (Ford Kenya).

According to the power sharing agreement, if the alliance forms the next government, UDA will get 70%, while ANC and Ford Kenya will share the remaining 30. It comprises both seasoned and young politicians from different professional backgrounds.

The 62-year-old land economist is the party leader of ANC and one of the principals of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. Mudavadi plunged into politics in 1989 when he inherited the Sabatia parliamentary seat vacated by his deceased father, who was one of the most powerful politicians in the early post-independent Kenya. He holds the record for serving the shortest period as Kenya’s vice president – just two months between November 2002 and January

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