United Democratic Alliance (Kenya)

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United Democratic Alliance
LeaderWilliam Ruto
ChairmanJohnson Muthama
Secretary-GeneralVeronica Maina
FounderWilliam Ruto
FoundedDecember 2020
Preceded byParty of Development and Reforms
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing[1]
National affiliationKenya Kwanza
SloganKazi ni Kazi. (Work is work.)
National Assembly
144 / 349
32 / 67
22 / 47

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is the current ruling political party in Kenya. Their slogan is "Kazi ni Kazi" (Work is work)[2] and their symbol is a wheelbarrow .The party, initially called the Party of Development and Reforms, officially changed its name to UDA in December 2020.[3] The party became notable in January 2021,[4][5] and is linked to politicians allied to Dr. William Ruto,[6] the President[7] of Kenya.[8]

The party fielded candidates in various by-elections for elective positions slated for March 2021.[9][10] UDA nominated Ruto in the 2022 Kenyan general election, after he announced that he would leave the Jubilee Party in late 2021. Ruto picked Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate for the elections.[11]

In the 2022 general elections, out of 47 elected senate seats, UDA was able to garner 22 seats, while the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM), Jubilee party, Wiper and the United Democratic Movement(UDM) got 13,4,3 and 2 seats respectively. Ford Kenya, DP, and NRM each got 1 seat in senate. Based on the 2022 general election, UDA is the single party with the largest number of elected members of the National assembly, with 138 members. ODM, Jubilee and Wiper each managed 85, 28 and 24 seats respectively. ANC, managed 7 seats, Ford Kenya 6 and lastly UDM and DAP- Kenya with 5 seats each. [12]

The party uses wheelbarrow as the party's symbol which stands for "the worth, respect, and dignity of work in pursuit of an unbiased society.[13] The party is founded based on principles of good governance, including; love, unity, freedom, peace, accountability, diversity, justice and equity. [14]The party also has received great support from the Kenyan population, boasting over 6,942,397 votes from registered members.[15]

Mission statement.

To facilitate the fundamental rights, needs and potential of the Kenyan people through a democratic, devolved and accountable government anchored on a bottoms-up economic model that promotes equal opportunities, shared prosperity and improved economic welfare.


An equitably empowered Kenyan society living in a peaceful and united country.[16]

UDA is a member of Kenya Kwanza which is known for it recently launched flagship project called the Hustler Fund. The Hustler Fund is a savings and loan scheme aimed to ensure digital financial inclusion.[17]


  1. ^ Egbejule, Eromo; Akello, Immaculate; Chughtai, Alia (5 August 2022). "Infographic: How do the Kenyan elections work?". Al Jazeera.
  2. ^ "About Us – United Democratic Alliance". Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  3. ^ Ng'etich, Jacob. "Ruto-allied party seeks change of identity". The Standard. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  4. ^ KTN News. "DP Ruto allies launch United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Keter, Gideon. "Hustlers' march: Inside UDA's grand roadmap to 2022". The Star. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  6. ^ Kibor, Fred. "Rift MPs: Ruto will use UDA to contest for presidency in 2022". The Standard. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  7. ^ "William Ruto is declared Kenya's next president". The Economist. August 18, 2022. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  8. ^ Abuso, Victor (2021-01-14). "Kenya: Has Deputy President Ruto joined the new UDA Party?". The Africa Report.com. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  9. ^ KTN News. "DP Ruto's Next Party: Ruto's allies hint he will use UDA | Inside Politics with Ben Kitili". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Nyamori, Jacob Ngetich and Moses. "Battle lines drawn as UDA fields candidates in by-elections". The Standard. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  11. ^ "Kenya elections 2022: William Ruto picks Rigathi Gachagua as running mate". BBC News. 2022-05-15. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  12. ^ "UDA, ODM to get lion's share of nomination slots in Parliament". Citizen Digital. 2022-08-18. Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  13. ^ "United Democratic Alliance – kazi ni kazi". Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  14. ^ "About Us – United Democratic Alliance". Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  15. ^ "United Democratic Alliance – kazi ni kazi". Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  16. ^ "About Us – United Democratic Alliance". Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  17. ^ Nash (2022-12-01). "Apply for the Hustler Fund Loan via your phone (USSD 254)". nashthuo.com. Retrieved 2022-12-05.

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