Kiraitu Murungi, a former governor of Meru, has joined the Kenya Kwanza coalition of President-elect William Ruto.
After meeting with Ruto and discussing a variety of subjects, Murungi’s Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) joined the coalition on Friday, September 2.
Earlier that day, Murungi had sent 13 newly elected assembly members from his party to visit Ruto at his Karen home.
Kiraitu before to the election endorsed Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.
The former governor’s first election in almost 30 years was defeated by independent candidate Kawira Mwangaza, who garnered 209,158 votes.
Senator Mithika Linturi, the United Democratic Alliance’s gubernatorial candidate, came in second with 183, 859 votes. Kiraitu came in at number three with 110,850 votes.
Prior to the elections, Kiraitu said that, should he be re-elected, he will retire from politics gracefully in 2022.