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Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 18:32 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto's Chama cha Mashinani has attracted dozens of parliamentary aspirants in Bomet and Kericho counties as fears of bungled nominations in the Jubilee Party sweeps the region. The governor received several Jubilee defectors this weekend from Kericho, which has been a Jubilee Party stronghold.
The defectors, who included Jubilee Party local officials and candidates for ward representative positions, joined CCM at at Kaborok Trading Centre in Belgut Sub County where Mr Ruto held a political rally, accompanied by party officials. CCM now has aspirants competing for its tickets in nearly all the wards in Kericho County.
Six months ago when the party was launched, Kericho politicians treated it mainly as a Bomet County affair, with Deputy President William Ruto, the main Jubilee leader from the region, then enjoying unrivalled support from the Kalenjin community. In many wards in Kericho today, Jubilee and CCM have roughly the same number of aspirants, according to a survey undertaken by this website.
Speaking at the Belgut rally, Governor Ruto said his party had not decided whether to support Jubilee or NASA coalitions during the forthcoming general elections. The governor said his party was in talks with both coalitions and would only support the side that will commit to disburse 50 percent of national government revenues to counties.
The governor also claimed that one of the coalitions had committed to decentralise 47 percent of the revenues. "We want an equal share of the resources between the national and the county governments and CCM will sign agreements with the coalition that can support this," he said.