Angry youths storm Kitale UDA offices

Chepsiro/Kiptoror MCA Abraham Birir among those flushed out

Youths throw objects at the door of the UDA party offices in Trans Nzoia County to express anger over handpicking of officials. They broke the glass windows of the building and later locked the door. Photo/Aspect News

Irate youths stormed United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party offices in Kitale to express disappointment over allegations that some leaders have handpicked some individuals to run the party at the expense of elections.

The youths who were armed with stones smashed glass windows of the office located at Milimani estate, flushing out members who were attending a meeting among them MCA Abraham Birir (Chepsiro/Kiptoror).

They further accused the team of contravening the ideals of the party that has a national agenda since its membership does not reflect multi-ethnic nature of Trans Nzoia county which is cosmopolitan.

“We have rejected the conduct of some individuals who are running the affairs of the party as if it’s a private firm. They have allocated leadership slots amongst themselves instead of calling for elections,” said Mr. Simon Andala.

Mr. Andala said they will not allow some individuals who had hijacked the leadership of the Jubilee party where they called shots to transfer the same mentality in the new party saying they are keen on transparency.

They later locked up the office with their own padlock and demanded that the deputy president William Ruto oversees the streamlining of leadership positions within the party or risk losing support in the region.

“It should be known that these self-declared party officials will not be allowed to act for or on behalf of UDA anywhere in this county. Members should be allowed to elect officials,” said Mr. Ephraim Masilikani.

Signs of several factions within the party are so evident to an extent that every camp is claiming to be in charge of the ongoing membership recruitment drive with an intention to have authority of making critical decisions.