Duale 'will seek expulsion' of Ruto from URP
25 September 2014, 14:34
Nairobi - Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale says that he has no issue with Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto over his referendum campaign but says he must account for public funds or risk expulsion from the party.
Bomet Governor Ruto has had several calls for him to quit the United Republican Party URP over his association with the referendum process.
Ruto has been criticized severally for his role in pushing for the 'Pesa Mashinani' referendum campaign of which he has advocated for as chairman of the Council of Governors.
Previously, URP has said it would not punish individuals going against party policy which is against the referendum, saying it is up to them to decide on what they want.
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Duale says that he has no issue with Ruto as regards the referendum, but will not hesitate to chase him out of URP over matters integrity.
" The ones who are for the referendum have their constitutional right to do so including Ruto and that I have no problem with at all, he said.
" We are a democratic party and allow opinions that differ. That is a part of politics, he said.
On the other hand, the insisted that if Ruto does not clear his name of corruption allegations, he will be expelled from the party.
" We will not take matters of integrity lightly. We will not be a party of leaders who have no accountability for their actions, he said.
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" This is a national party and it's name will not be tarnished by one or two individuals, he added.
Ruto has been accused by Duale of misappropriating KES 184 million from public coffers, a charge Ruto has denied.
He has however not appeared before a Senate Committee probing accountability at County level, saying he has no reason to go before the commitee.
Duale says that all national leaders must account for funds under their jurisdiction.
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