If the recent by-election is anything to go by, then all indications are pointing towards a weak and toothless UDA party that has for days had been overrated as a force to reckon.
The recent by-elections from various parts of the country saw UDA party only manage an MCA post in Nakuru London ward after its candidate won against the rival Jubilee candidate by a very small margin (about 400 votes).
In the recently concluded by-election In Machakos, UDA was completely whitewashed as its candidate, Urbanus Ngengele, only managed 19,726 votes, while Wiper party’s Agnes Kavindu Muthama garnered 104,352 votes. Kavindu thus managed gunners 80% of all the votes cast.
In Kabuchai, Majimbo Kalasinga of Ford Kenya garnered 19,274 votes, representing 65 per cent of the total votes cast. His closest challenger, Evans Kakai of UDA, got 6,455 votes representing 22 per cent.
UDA received a resounding defeat in Matungu parliamentary by election where its candidate came a distance third, results that dealt a huge blow to the party that is associated with DP Ruto.
Following these results, some of the UDA proponents seems to be waking up to reality and some western region politicians seems to be rethinking their association with UDA.
Dismas Barasa who has been a fierce supporter of DP William Ruto and UDA was recently quoted saying he will follow the will of his people and his recent announcement that he will support Tim Wanyonyi an ODM candidate for the Bungoma governortoral election in the 2022 general elections casts doubts on his stand and support for the DP and UDA party.
It is this reality shock that is said to have informed UDA party to withdraw from the upcoming Juja by election and the party has since thrown its weight behind a Jubilee party.
Politics is about momentum and UDA has lost it all to claim it is a force to be reckoned with in 2022. They are a nonstarter, and grossly overrated by the same members keen to thump their chest stating that they have the ground and numbers. Unfortunately, they have neither.
Listening DP Ruto complain how he is the most sought after person in times of Harambees to build churches and purchase school buses but left to stand alone in times of need like elections is all signs of a frustrated leader.
Keyboard worriers have always shouted on social media corridors indicating how Ruto and the hustler nation is unstoppable wave only for their shouts to start and end with social media.
With parties such as ODM and Jubilee having won major elections in their early days after formation, its all clear that the UDA narrative seems to be a still birth.