In what looks like a change of tune, Kesses Member of Parliament Dr. Swarup Mishra has sent a signal that he is ready to finally join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Mishra has been perceived as an enemy of Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid after he opted to stick to the ruling Jubilee part when others were shifting to UDA.
It is a decision that had seen the MP be at loggerheads with some of his constituents and leaders in Uasin Gishu County, with some cautioning that he was on the verge of being a one-term legislator – if he did not toe the line and join the Hustler Nation.
But speaking during a fund’s drive in his constituency over the weekend, Mishra affirmed his loyalty to the Kalenjin people, noting that he was ready to follow what his people say about the political direction he should take.
“I am the son of Kalenjin and I will remain one. I have always believed that even UDA should not come in between me and my Kalenjin people,” said the MP.
“I want to say here that I will go where my Kalenjin people want me to go,” he added amid cheers and laughter from locals present.
This statement can simply be translated to mean that Mishra is ready and willing to finally join UDA, a party associated with the DP.
While responding to the MP’s sentiments, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago seemed to affirm the message that Mishra should have already joined UDA.
“Now let me tell you, as I stand here, I am the official leader of Kalenjin people and I am telling you that you need to come to UDA,” Mandago told Mishra.
This comes days after the MP said he was not interested in being a member of any political party.
He said he would focus more on service delivery to the people rather than joining a political outfit ahead of the 2022 general election.
Mishra is expected to seek re-election for the Kesses MP seat.