A section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party officials from Kibra constituency have decamped to UDA party associated with Deputy President William Ruto.
In a statement on Thursday, UDA confirmed receiving the officials, adding that they have endorsed the Hustler Nation agenda and are ready to champion it in Kibra; one of the biggest slums in Africa.
According to UDA, the ODM officials switched to its camp because they believe the bottom-up approach being spearheaded by Hustler Nation resonates well with Kibra people.
“Secretary-General Veronica Maina receives ODM officials from Kibra Constituency who defected to UDA. They endorsed UDA's hustlers' empowerment agenda that they said resonates well with Kibra residents,” the party said.
ODM is yet to issue an official statement on the move, and the way forward for the party, especially as it conducts grassroots mobilization ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The move is a blow to ODM since Kibra is one of its stronghold’s in the capital. The constituency is always referred to as the “bedroom” of ODM leader Raila Odinga; meaning a part from him, no one else has access.
This narrative is, however, being subjected to the test as the DP and his team is keen on making inroads and popularizing the Hustler Nation agenda in the slum that boasts of thousands of voters in the city.