Former MP rewarded for dumping CORD for Jubilee
11 March 2016, 21:14
Nairobi - Former Bureti MP and former ODM chief Franklin Bett's announcement that he was quitting the opposition Coalition in the aftermath of the 2013 General Election loss was met with surprise by many.
Bett, who was a vociferous presence at Orange House in the run-up to the polls then stated that he wanted to retire from active politics and retreat to private life.
His move, which came in the total domination of William Ruto in the Rift Valley during the polls was an indicator that time for the old guard in active politics had passed.
He was handed a polite send off by his ODM colleagues including party leader Raila Odinga and others.
A few months later though, there were rumours that he had been spotted in talks with the ruling Jubilee Coalition.
Then a few months later, he was said to be vying for the Jubilee Alliance Party chairmanship.
Then in December 2015, he said he would vie for the position of Kericho Senator under the Jubilee Coalition.
Then Friday 11 March 2016, he was named chairman of the Agriculture Finance Corporation AFC.
Bett is back in the big time.
According to political analysts in the Rift Valley, the Bett appointment is a show of might from the Jubilee Coalition and a move to reward those willing to quit the opposition and dance with the ruling party.
" This is a reward for ditching the opposition to join government. It is a sign from the executive. Support Jubilee and you will be rewarded," Samuel Kipng'etich, a political analyst told News24.
" Bett was and probably still is close to Raila but supporting ODM in the Rift now is as good as suicide," he added.
" He would have know that from the word go and that will be a sign for others too," he added.
At the Coast, a number of MPs have chosen to give ODM a wide berth and dine with Jubilee in the face of serious opposition. According to Michael Njenga, a political analyst too, their reward will be drawn up after the 2017 polls.
" If they go through to the end, even if they lose their seats, they will be rewarded by the government and the President in the aftermath. The President rewards loyalists as can be seen in the appointments he has made since he took power," he added.
With the ongoing trend, the opposition had better be wary. The President is lurking.
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