Biwott tours Western to market his NVP party
19 September 2016, 14:11
Busia - Former powerful Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott made a tour of Busia on Saturday to market his party, National Vision Party (NVP).
Biwott had been invited to raise money for 37 women groups across the county in the ceremony at the Agricultural Training Centre. No politician from the county attended the event which raised KES 2,028,285 with Biwott donating KES 300,000.
Biwott said NVP will not field a presidential candidate in 2017 general elections but will support President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
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"We shall field candidates in all other seats including Governor, Senator, Women representative, Members of Parliament and Members of the County Assembly positions.
Unity is the cardinal rule of our party. We want to be associated with parties that embrace peace and love and unity of all Kenyans and we will shun those which create disharmony amongst Kenyans," he said.
"We have respect for former presidents and the incumbent. Rulers must be respected instead of vilifying them," he said in an apparent reference to the clash between Cord co-principal Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta during the burial of former cabinet minister William Ole Ntimama in Narok on Wednesday.
He said time to chose leaders for next year's contest is now and appealed to Busia residents to chose development conscious leaders who will guard their border jealously.
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Biwott officially opened NVP Busia County office located at Namada Business Centre and unveiled Busia County Women Aspirant Zilpah Bett.
The former Kerio North MP was accompanied by Mable Muruli who announced her intentions to unseat Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on NVP ticket.
Muruli who donated KES 300,000 asked Oparanya to brace for a bruising battle in 2017 gubernatorial contest.
"Mimi nimejipanga. Mwambienei Oparanya ajipange (I have strategically positioned myself. Tell Oparanya to fasten his seat belts because its gonna be hot)," she said.
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