Kirwa was unveiled by Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua. The trio addressed a public rally at the Mayuba Stadium in Sirisia, Bungoma County.

The outgoing UDA official was one of the most experienced politicians in UDA – having served as Cherang’any MP for ten years and as a Cabinet Minister for five years in President Mwai Kibaki’s first term. 

The veteran politician cited the selection of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate as a major factor in his exit. 

“Mine has been a journey of two weeks, last Sunday but one, Kenya Kwanza announced their selection of Ruto’s running mate and that was the final indication among many that there was a lack of democracy.

“The next day, Raila unveiled Karua as his running mate and for the last 13 days or so I have been thinking about how and why I would stay at a side where democracy was going to be sacrificed?” he stated.The former Agriculture minister intimated that he reached out to the Narc Kenya party leader on May 28 at night, to inform her of her decision, which he wanted to make public during Azimio’s next rally

“Yesterday night I called Karua and asked her where she would be and she told me in Bungoma. I told her that I would be coming to the rally to officially join Azimio

 “From Today, I Kipruto Arap Kirwa have resigned as the UDA Vice-Chairman, because democracy may fail in Kenya Kwanza. The law dictated that the winner of an election must have 50 per cent plus one, and I have brought my one vote to Raila Odinga,” he added.

On her part, Karua welcomed the former cabinet Minister to Azimio, stating that it was the right place for leaders who delivered when entrusted with public office unlike those in Kenya Kwanza.

“We have received our brother Kirwa with warm hands. We understand him because he was a man with a proven record when he was a minister because we in Azimio deliver unlike our opponents who make empty promises,” she declared.

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