Kakamega Deputy Governor Philip Kutima has left the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance and declared his support for William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza coalition.
This comes days after Kutima announced that he would run for Kakamega governorship as an independent candidate after missing out on ODM and DAP-K party tickets.
In a Facebook post, DP Ruto officially welcomed him as a member of the coalition and thanked him for his decision to back Senator Cleophas Malala’s bid for governor.
“Your support for Senator Cleophas Malala’s Gubernatorial bid is a huge boost. We are grateful,” he said.
Kutima served as the deputy governor of Kakamega County under the leadership of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
The DG ditched ODM for DAP-K a month ago after the party decided to give former Ketraco MD Fernandez Barasa a direct ticket for the Kakamega race.
He was to face off with Lugari MP Ayub Savula for the DAP-K ticket but pulled out at the eleventh hour, claiming the primaries had been predetermined to fix him.