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Monday, 05 Dec 2016 12:02 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Residents of West Pokot County witnessed a rare altercation between deputy president William Ruto and local senator John Lonyangapuo. The two met at Karas AIC Church in West Pokot County during the ordination of Bishop David Kasieton and his deputy Phillip Moriaren, where the DP drummed up support for local governor Simon Kachapin against whom Prof. Lonyangapuo is planning to run.
“You have come here 22 times since the last election,” an agitated Lonyangapuo, a Kanu member, told the DP when he was given the chance to address the gathering. The senator said the DP was engaging in “unnecessary local wars” when his preoccupation should be to win Jubilee votes in 2017.
“There is no doubt that Kanu is rallying behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee government. Stop spreading malicious propaganda,” he told the DP, who has been urging all supporters of the government to dissolve their parties and join the recently-launched Jubilee Party.
Prof. Lonyangapuo’s calls did not make a mark with the DP, who said the time for Kanu to be elected had long passed. He claimed that the Pokot community, which voted en masse for Kanu candidates in the 2013 elections, should quit the party that marginalised them for decades.
“Do you want to remain in the party that held you back for all these years or join other Kenyans in the party that is leading in building the country’s economy?” the DP posed.
Prof. Lonyangapuo said Uhuru and Ruto had been Kanu members “until just yesterday” and should not lead a battle against the party, which supports their government anyway.