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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,21ST MARCH,2021-Kimilili member of Parliament Didmus Barasa has hinted at quitting the Tangatanga faction of the ruling Jubilee Party, which is associated with Deputy President William Ruto, ahead of the 2022 polls.
The first-time lawmaker told a press conference on Sunday that he will be taking a four-month sabbatical from active politics.
Mr Barasa, who has been vocal in spearheading DP Ruto’s agenda in the Western region, seems keen on restrategising after sensing a danger to his political career, following the losses that candidates of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) suffered in several mini polls across the country.
The MP said that during his break, he will try to unite the Luhya community political factions ahead of the next General Election.
“As you all know, I was elected into parliament in 2017 through the ruling Jubilee party, a ticket that was not predominant with the Bungoma people at the time. We credit the efforts of the party because it managed to sponsor three other members of Parliament in Bungoma – John Waluke of Sirisia, Fred Kapondi of Mt Elgon Constituency and Dan Wanyama of Webuye West Constituency, ” he said.
Jubilee became a force to reckon with in a region seen as an opposition stronghold, he said.
“Immediately after our election in 2017, Jubilee began to have internal squabbles, which at the time we all ignored and perhaps we presumed they were minor issues. It has now turned out that the writings on the wall show a split of the party into two factions – the so-called Kieleweke and Tangatanga ,” he said.
“The factions are affiliated to the party leader and deputy party leader, which is not healthy for the Nation. I have been, and still am, affiliated to the Tangatanga wing, which has now transformed itself into the ‘hustler’ nation,” he said.