Turbo Member of Parliament aspirant David Songok has challenged the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) to consider giving out nomination slots to common mwananchi.
Songok who recently dumped the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) for UDA says the party needs to walk the talk and ensure hustlers are nominated for various positions.
UDA, under the leadership of Deputy President William Ruto, is running a campaign that targets the common mwananchi – with a promise of focusing on a Bottom-Up economic model.
“This is a party of every Kenyan, and my prayer is that when it comes to nominations, we should give bodabodas, mama mbogas and other common mwananchi a chance to represent us in county assemblies and parliament,” David Songok said.
Political parties have in the past been using nomination slots to reward close allies of influential figures in the party as well as their cronies.
However, the immediate former ODM chairman in Uasin Gishu County wants UDA to be a party that changes the way nominations are done – by considering the common mwananchi.
Commonly referred to as ‘mrefu’, Songok was officially received to the ‘Hustler Nation’ on Friday, December 24, 2021, by Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi.
While officially joining the party, the Turbo MP aspirant said his move to UDA signaled the end of ODM in Uasin Gishu.
David Songok had unsuccessfully vied for the Turbo MP seat in 2017 on an ODM ticket.
He will be seeking to fly the UDA ticket for the seat in the August 2022 ticket.
But to get the ticket, Songok will have to win the party primaries – with the seat having attracted among others the current MP Janet Sitienei, former councilor, and current Eldoret Municipal Board chairman Julius Kitur and gospel singer Moses Sirgoi.
Kapseret MP assured all aspirants in Turbo that the party will conduct a free and fair nomination exercise – with all that have expressed interest being given a level playing ground.
“In UDA no one will be favored. People will be allowed to vie for any seat they want and the people will decide on who they want,” Sudi said.