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Ruto dares URP to 'expel him first'

25 September 2014, 16:02 William Korir

Nairobi - Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has dared the United Republican Party URP to expel him if they have the nous to.

Ruto has been accused of unaccountability by party leaders including Aden Duale, who say that failure to appear before the Senate to account for funds used in his county mean he has something to hide.

Duale has accused Ruto of misappropriating KES 184 million in public funds, an accusation Ruto has denied.

Duale though says that he and other party leaders will not hesitate to chase Ruto out of URP over matters integrity.

Read also: Duale 'will seek expulsion' of Ruto from URP

" 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.

" However, we will not take matters of integrity lightly. We will not be a party of leaders who have no accountability for their actions, he added.

Ruto though says he will not be cowed by such threats, saying that there will be consequences for URP if they dare expel him.

" This talk of expelling me is just politically motivated from the referendum and has not fact at all in its conception. They can try expel me if they want, I am here, he said.

Read also: URP: Rutto eyeing Raila's running mate role in 2017

He also dared Duale to expel him first.

" He should start with Ruto and he should chase down Ruto and throw him out of URP. I am here and I wait for him to come expel me, he said sarcastically.

Ruto insists that he will not at all stop his referendum campaign.

" They have given me permission to campaign for the referendum and I will do so. Nothing will stop the process, he insists.

Ruto also added that the signature collection process was gaining in momentum and expected it to hit the 1 million signature mark in the coming weeks.

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