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In new challenge to Governor Ruto, Bomet MCAs question spending on his new party

The MCAs say that Governor Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), which currently has 38 branch offices across the country, is being funded through corruption at Bomet County government.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 02 Aug 2016 17:53 EAT

Members of the Bomet County Assembly unhappy with Governor Isaac Ruto’s leadership have opened a new front in the ever-evolving battle between them and the governor: They are seeking investigation by anti-corruption authorities on the governor’s recently-launched political party.

Seemingly stung by the governor’s ambitious plan to popularize his new party in the South Rift region, the nearly a dozen MCAs who have distinguished themselves as ardent opponents of the governor held a major press conference at Bomet Town where they called upon the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Ruto for corruption.

Ruto, who has opened a battlefront against the Kalenjin community’s political kingpin, Deputy President William Ruto, presided over the opening of a party office for his new party at Siongiroi in Chepalungu on Saturday. He was accompanied MPs Johana Ngeno (Emura Dikir) and Zakayo Cheruiyot (Kuresoi South) as well as Isiolo deputy governor Mohamed Guleid.

The MCAs say that Governor Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), which currently has 38 branch offices across the country, is being funded through corruption at Bomet County government.

Addressing the press in Bomet Town, the MCAs claimed that the governor, “who we know to be a man of humble means,” had recently been spending massively at political gatherings every weekend.

They claimed, for example that Governor Ruto flies around the region in a chopper over weekends and is usually accompanied by supportive MPs whose costs he meets. The Free Press could not verify the claims, but the governor has been known to sometimes use a private helicopter.

The MCAs claimed that Ruto’s CCM party was being popularized by public funds. Led by Kembu ward representative Julius Korir (Kembu) the leaders claimed they had credible evidence implicating the governor in financial impropriety.

“It is time the Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission investigated the source of the funds being wasted. The governor is promoting his party at huge financial expense yet we know that party is still like a ‘crawling baby’ with no sponsors,” Korir asserted.

The press conference, which was attended by MCAs Evaline Kirui (Chesoen), Benard Ngeno (Kapletundo), John Malel (Rongena) and Leonard Kirui (Siongiroi), came hot on the heels of a separate effort by other opponents of the governor’s petitioning the Senate to have Ruto investigated for corruption.

Ngeno claimed that the governor had authorized his juniors to use county government-owned vehicles, which are public assets, to transport his party’s supporters to and from political rallies.

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