September 22nd 2017

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Uhuru meets Moi, seeks support as Rift Valley base revolts

The visit comes on the heels of the defection of 60 Kalenjin politicians to CORD in the last week. The politicians said they decamped to CORD as the Jubilee government was not honest on the issue of Mr Ruto's presidency in 2022.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 16 Feb 2017 19:40 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta with former President Moi at today's meeting.

In renewed signs of the growing cooperation between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his political mentor Daniel arap Moi, the president today paid a courtesy call on the retired president at his Kabarnet Gardens residence in Nairobi. The topic of discussion was not made public, but the president's deputy William Ruto was conspicously absent in what was billed in Jubilee Party circles as a top strategy meeting.

President Kenyatta posted the photos of the two chatting, and the elder Moi, who was unwell for a period last December, looking jovial. According to sources in Jubilee, the president sought advice on how to handle the impending elections in the face of fierce challenge from opposition under National Super National Alliance (NASA) bringing together Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi expected to agree on one as the flag bearer.

The visit comes on the heels of the defection of 60 Kalenjin politicians to CORD in the last week. The politicians said they decamped to CORD as the Jubilee government was not honest on the issue of Mr Ruto's presidency in 2022. They were welcomed to DOM/CORD by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

The politicians were led by Kalenjin Association vice chairman Robert Cheruiyot, who said they were now "back home" and would campaign for CORD leader Raila Odinga in the upcoming election. Cheruiyot said Jubilee has broken its promise to the Kalenjin community after promising them so much before the 2013 election.

The latest defection by the 60 Kalenjin politicians follows that of former cabinet minister Kipruto arap Kirwa, who decamped from Jubilee to join the Amani National Congress as he eyes the Trans-Nzoia senate seat in the coming 2017 election. Other defections have been reported in Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Bomet, with the latter leaders going to Chama Cha Mashinani.

Priscillah Wanjiru contributed reporting for this article.

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