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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Blow to DP Ruto as URP officials joins Kanu

Deputy President William Ruto’s URP suffered a blow after its Trans Nzoia officials rejoined Kanu after consultations with the party national leadership to support Gideon Moi for president come 2017 and do away with deputy presidents who is being used to mislead Kalenjin communities in the future political arena.
Addressing media at the Kanu county offices in Kitale town, the officials and party members resolved to welcome Gideon Moi and Nick Salat in Trans Nzoia county. Officials who included branch chairman Fredrick Murunga, organising secretary Stephen Seronei, the woman
representative Nancy Chemtai and Youth leader Cabriel Wabuge installed former deputy Kitale mayor Pius Kauka as the branch interim chairman.
The new Kanu officials statement read by the secretary Yusuf Chepkole said they had decided to rejoin the Kanu party after realizing that the William Ruto has led them down especially in Rift Valley region. The officials said they are fed up with URP party a vehicle without light and they want to popularise Kanu through conducting recruitment of grassroots members as away of preparing Gideon for 2017 presidential elections.
They said DP Ruto and his URP party has failed to act on the promises they made ahead of 2013 general elections in Rift Valley adding that even after breaking URP and join Jap the DP has not assured party members in Rift Valley of their political destiny urging other members in the county and Rift Valley to migrate URP immediately and join Kanu in order to protect their interest instead of moving in a matatu that they are not sure of “members I have prophesied that an accident is ahead if we don’t make our decision right now as official to direct other members we have been swallowed by this animal Jap and those with eyes only can see this that’s why we have decided to quit URP in good faith,’’ said Kauka.
The new officials said DP Ruto had even lacked respect where he refereed to small Moi as a political toddler when he was an MP and is currently Baringo senator set to vie for the highest political office in the country during the 2017 polls.
Giving an example where the Sabaoti community spread from Suam in Trans Nzoia to Cheptais in Mt Elgon Jubilee government has sidelined them even after it was overwhelmingly voted for URP in the last general election. The new Kanu leader further said no leader had monopoly over the Rift Valley leadership saying that Bomet governor Isaac Ruto had democratic right to join Moi in opening eyes for the people of Rift Valley and like deputy president who is selling the community without focusing ahead of 2017.
They asked Governor Ruto, Moi and Moses Wetangula to join hands. Others in attendance were Kanu secretary Trans Nzoia county Yusuf Chepkole, David Sitienei, Stephen Masiack Kiboi, Fred Murunga, Titus Kapruko, Jackson Arakai and Nancy Chemtai.
But the only URP MP in the Trans Nzoia Robert Pukose of Endebess rubbished their claims calling them brokers with intentions to siphon Gideon’s money. “It’s good if they want get money from Gideon let them not use the name of URP,’’ said Pukose.
Pukose said they do not feature anywhere in the structure of URP in the county cautioning them to stop immediately tarnishing URP. The MP said the party is strong in the county and ready to face other junior parties in the next general election. “We don’t keep political brokers our party and let them know from today and I have not received any message that URP officials have joined the Kanu,’’ he said.