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Friday, 07 Oct 2016 14:38 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) party associated with Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has announced that it will sponsor candidates for gubernatorial, constituency and county representative positions in the next elections. The party will, however, not sponsor a presidential candidate.
"Except for the presidential position, CCM will be on the ballot on all the other races, from MCAs to MPs to senators and governors," the party's promoter Ruto has said. The governor also warned leaders of the recently-formed Jubilee Party to expect a tough contest from CCM.
"Jubilee should prepare for a rough time. They will have to answers questions from voters on why they deserve reelection in 2017," said Ruto. The party will most likely go into the election as a part of the Jubilee Alliance, many of whose smaller parties were dissolved last month.
He also dismissed criticisms that he is using Bomet county government resources to promote the party, insisting that his party was being funded by well-wishers. The governor said even though the party had no membership at the moment it had a strong support base from various individuals in the country.
The party has attracted many recognised politicians from the Rift Valley and nationally who fear that nominations in the singular Jubilee Party might not be free and fair, according to insiders. Perhaps in anticipation of more defectors, Ruto urged all politicians seeking to run on the party’s ticket to join it early.
Ruto's allies from the South Rift region such as Kuresoi MP Zachayo Cheruiyot and Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng'eno have indicated their intention to defect to CCM. Ruto and the two MPs opposed the disollution of the United Republican Party, that was until recently led by deputy president William Ruto. The three and nearly all elected leaders from Baringo, Nandi, Kericho, Bomet and Elgeyo Marakwet counties were elected on URP tickets.
A number MCAs have also joined CCM, among them Longisa MCA Stephen Changmorik, out of fear that Jubilee Party nominations would not be free and fair.
THe governor promises to give Jubilee candidates a run for their money in Bomet and neighbouring counties. "Let them remain in Nairobi as we popularize our party on the ground every day and we will not give them room even for a day to dictate to us what we should do and who we will vote for," he vowed.