December 16th 2017

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Exclusive: Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto planning grand Jubilee reception in April

The source who spoke to this website said that Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot had substantially influenced the governor's decision through an analysis about the South Rift dynamics that Mr Ruto "bought wholeheartedly".

By Priscillah Wanjirupwanjiru@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 30 Mar 2017 18:11 EAT

Mr Ruto (l) with Mr Cheruiyot at the South Rift consultative meeting at Bomet Stadium where they discussed CCM's options ahead of the August elections.

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto is planning a grand party in the coming month where he will announce his Chama Cha Mashinani party's decision to support President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. Well-placed sources in the governor's court informed this website that Mr Ruto was "resolute" in his decision to support the Jubilee government, which he has spent the best part of five years attacking.

"Plans are underway to receive the governor into Jubilee Party," a source associated with the governor's CCM party emphatically told this website, revealing that the event could be held ahead of the party's nomination for various elective positions. The governor has been holding consultative meetings with political allies and grassroots leaders from the South Rift region throughout the last week, and it is believed most of the leaders have urged him to remain in the Jubilee coalitionn

The source who spoke to this website said that Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot had substantially influenced the governor's decision through an analysis about the South Rift dynamics that Mr Ruto "bought wholeheartedly". Officially, Mr Ruto says he is still determining which of the two major coalitions between Jubilee and NASA his party will support.

This website was unable to reach Governor Ruto or his spokesman Kiprotich Samoei to confirm the report that CCM is planning the reception. Last month, when this website called Mr Samoei to confirm reports that the governor was planning to join Jubilee, he told us Mr Ruto was “yet to decide which coalition he will support in the general elections, and there is no deadline in his decision-making”.

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