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Monday, 27 Feb 2017 18:59 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Two of Deputy President William Ruto's foremost opponents in the Rift Valley today joined forces in a major event in Narok County, securing the defection of a key Jubilee Party member to the anti-Ruto bloc. KANU chairman Gideon Moi, who is also the Baringo Senator, and Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto, who is the governor of Bomet, received Narok West MP Patrick ole Ntutu into their fold.
Mr Ntutu, elected in 2013 under the now dissolved United Republican Party which was led by DP Ruto, will contest for Narok County gubernatorial seat on a Chama Cha Mashinani ticket. Mr Moi and Governor Ruto addressed a mammoth rally at Mr Ntutu’s Olopirik home, where tens of thousands of residents who attended endorsed his candidature.
Mr Moi assured the residents that his cooperation with Governor Ruto would see Mr Ntutu elected the next governor of Narok. The senator’s former ruling party Kanu’s top organ NEC last week endorsed a pact to work with Jubilee Party and campaign for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta during the August 8 general elections.
The agreement excluded DP Ruto, a move that has heightened the rift between him and Senator Moi. Governor Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani, which was not part of the deal, now appear to be working with Kanu to undermine DP Ruto.
But it was the NASA coalition of opposition chiefs Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula that has suffered a major blow, as Governor Ruto was expected to be their main ally in the Rift Valley.
At today’s meeting, all the key speakers endorsed the president’s re-election campaign, including the governor who had previously sworn to never support the re-election of the Jubilee government.