Cyrus Jirongo’s UDP makes inroads in Bungoma, To Field A Governor, Says Wanyonyi


The little known United Democratic Party (UDP) which is part of Azimio, One Kenya Alliance is making inroads in Bungoma County.

The party owned by a former presidential candidate and ex Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo will field a governor and 38 MCAs candidates in Bungoma County.

Speaking to Horizon News on Thursday, UDP County Chairman who is also an MCA candidate in Bungoma’s township ward Mr.Martin Wanyonyi stated that the party is very popular and will give candidates from other parties a run for their money.

“UDP is one of the most popular parties in the country, so far we have a governor candidate and 38 MCAs candidates who have been cleared to vie on our party, this is a positive indicator that we are heading places,” said Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi who is also the County NGOs Chairman and also a human rights activist observed that UDP is the only party that’s inclusive and cuts across all political cadres.

He says that previously he was the Jubilee Chairman in the county but had to bolt out after learning that he was likely to be shortchanged in the nominations.

“UDP is owned by our own son and we have to popularize it by fielding and electing our candidates, this is the only way we can brand ourselves,” he said.

He blamed Sirisia Mp John Waluke for making him move out of Jubilee and join UDP.

Waluke and the then Jubilee vice Chairman Juma Sikuta joined UDA, it meant that he was taking over as the interim chairman of Jubilee party in the County.

“I competently held the position but with resistance from Waluke for the last one year meant that I had to find comfort in another party,” he said.

Despite leading a delegation to Nairobi for the NDC, I found that I wasn’t safe in the hands of Jubilee.

Wanyonyi who is a front runner for MCA seat in Bungoma town explained that he would develop the town and its environs if elected in the August polls.

The seat is currently being held by Mr.Joseph Maguda of ODM but has since moved to Ford Kenya party.

“If the elections will be free and fair, let my opponents prepare for an earthquake that will sweep them away, my strategies will play out and my opponents will have nowhere to hide themselves,” he said.

Wanyonyi noted that there was no vacuum as a party and he is optimistic that they are going to win majority seats from the governor to MCAs.

Not following euphoria but decide on their own, there will be no divided loyalties in community and field candidates in all positions.

He accused elders in the community for failing to give them the direction in terms of politics. 


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