United Democratic Alliance
LeaderWilliam Ruto
ChairpersonCecily Mutitu Mbarire
First SecretaryVeronica Maina
Secretary-GeneralCleophas Malala
SpokespersonRob Jillo
Deputy leaderGeoffrey Rigathi Gachagua
Treasurer-GeneralJapheth Nyakundi
FounderWilliam Ruto
FoundedDecember 2020
Preceded byParty of Development and Reforms
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
Student wingUDA Student League
Youth wingUDA Youth League
Women's wingUDA Women League
Veteran's wingUDA Veterans League
Farmers wingUDA Farmer's League
Worker's Union wingUDA Workers Union League
Parent's wingUDA Parents league
National affiliationKenya Kwanza
ColoursYellow, Green, White, Black
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" (literally: A job is a job; All hustles matter)[1] 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.[2] The party became notable in January 2021,[3][4] and is allied with William Ruto,[5] the President of Kenya.[6][7] It tends to be more popular among the Kalenjin people.[8]

The party fielded candidates in March 2021 by-elections.[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, UDA was able to garner 22 out of 47 seats in the Senate and 138 of the elected members of the National Assembly.[12]

The party uses wheelbarrow as the party's symbol which stands for "worth, respect, and dignity of work in pursuit of an unbiased society".[13] UDA is a member of Kenya Kwanza.[14]


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  4. ^ Keter, Gideon. "Hustlers' march: Inside UDA's grand roadmap to 2022". The Star. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  5. ^ Kibor, Fred. "Rift MPs: Ruto will use UDA to contest for presidency in 2022". The Standard. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
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  9. ^ KTN News. "DP Ruto's Next Party: Ruto's allies hint he will use UDA | Inside Politics with Ben Kitili". YouTube.
  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. ^ Nash (2022-12-01). "Apply for the Hustler Fund Loan via your phone (USSD 254)". nashthuo.com. Retrieved 2022-12-05.