By Brighton Makori .
The newly launched United Progressive Alliance party has launched a popularization drive in the Gusii region targeting 500,000 members.
The Party Secretary General John Obwocha said that the founders of the party intend to make it the party of choice for candidates vying for various seats in Kisii and Nyamira counties in the 2022 general election.
Speaking during a press conference in Kisii Town after a youth meeting yesterday, Obwocha said that the party had the support of influential people from the Gusii region with an intention of having many Members of Parliament and Members of County Assembly in the region.
“United Progressive Alliance recently rebranded from the Party of Economic Democracy so as to ensure that the members of the Gusii community have a political party that they can associate with in readiness for the 2022 general election,” said Obwocha.
The UPA Secretary General said that they have already opened party offices in all the constituencies in Kisii County and that it invited members to contest for various political seats in the forthcoming general election and that the nomination exercise will be free and fair.
Obwocha said that the party will be making a decision at a later date on whether to form a coalition with another party or to go it alone and that at the moment they are concentrating on a popularization drive among the area residents.
Kisii Central MCA Kepha Mogaka warned any leader in the Gusii region who will not join the party that they risked losing their elective positions in the next general election since it was bound to create a euphoria like that of the late Simeon Nyachae led FORD-PEOPLE Party.
“I would like to inform Members of Parliament and Members of County Assembly from Kisii and Nyamira Counties that their best option is to join the United Progressive Alliance Party in order to increase their chances of being re-elected next year,” said Mogaka.
Divina Nyamao, Women Leader said that the party had the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and that it was a party to watch in the region’s political realignment in the next few months.
She said that the Gusii people have the potential of producing three million voters urging all those eligible to register to turn up in large numbers both locally and in the diaspora to exercise their democratic right.