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Stop forcing Rift Valley to join JAP, Ruto told

10 August 2015, 13:59 Geoffrey Kimagut

Nakuru - Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto has told Deputy President William Ruto to stop forcing Rift-Valley residents to join Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP).

Ruto said JAP was formed without consulting with the people and the affiliate parties.

Speaking Kapkimolwa Deliverance Church in Bomet County Sunday, Ruto said the new political outfit would divide the Jubilee Coalition ahead of the next general election.

Also in attendance were KANU Secretary General, Nick Salat and former Chepalungu parliamentary aspirant Benard Koros.

“We joined Jubilee following consultation between URP and TNA, but now we are being told to transit to JAP without consultation and those who are of divergent view should ship out,” stated Ruto.

He added that if the Jubilee Coalition leadership cannot change its tact and open doors for consultations, then they should prepare for bruising battle.

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“As much as some leaders continue popularizing JAP, nobody should expect me to support it. After all, it is not a must that I belong to a particular party so that I get elected,” he said.

The former council of governors’ chairman said most of the people from the area voted for a party in the last general elections, pointing out that the next polls would be issue-based.

“The issues affecting Kenyans will matter a lot in the next elections and the polls will not be based on tribal blocks and party, but experience and professionalism,” said Ruto.

Salat called upon the Kalenjin community to join the party stating that United Republican Party (URP) has lost direction.

The party boss said KANU has began a nationwide campaign that will see the party revamped and ensure that it has structures that will see it field candidates across the country.

Salat said the KANU is the only party that promoted peace and unity throughout the country because it had a national outlook.

“KANU is the only party that has withstood the test of time. The experimentation period for other parties has come to an end and I challenge all the leaders to come back home,” said Salat.

He said KANU will be a force to reckon with in the next general election and added that the party is already guaranteed to win a number of counties in the South Rift region.

On his part, Koros petitioned politicians to stop politicking and instead address the pertinent issues which currently affecting the region.

Koros regretted that some of the leaders in the region were engaging in political squabbles at the expense of development.

He noted that majority of people in the region were languishing in poverty and financial quagmires yet their leaders look for solutions that could improve their lifestyles and fighting each other.

“We have many challenges and issues that require our attention and unless we work together as a team, some of these problems facing out people will remain unsolved,” he remarked.

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