Ruto: We are ready to face Jubilee in upcoming by-elections
04 January 2016, 14:36
Bomet - Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto on Sunday drummed up support of the Mashinani Development Party (MDP) candidate Andrew Maritim who will contest for the Nyangores seat in the February 12 by-election.
Ruto formed the party after he differed with Jubilee leadership.
He at the same time denied claims that he influenced the nomination that saw Maritim gunner 3 475 votes among five contestants.
He said the exercise was free, fair and transparent and the locals settled on the candidate because they have faith in him.
“I was in Nairobi when the nomination was being conducted and I was informed that Maritim has emerged victorious. The locals exercised their democratic rights,” said Ruto.
He was speaking during a public rally at Tulwetap Mosonik.
The Governor was accompanied by Emurua Dikirr MP, Johana Ngeno and the party national chairman, David Socrates Sang.
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The County boss remained confident that the candidate will clinch the seat after it fell vacant following the death of Cecilia Ngetich through a road accident in Narok, two months ago.
“I urged you to vote for him so that he can work with me to bring development to the region,” he said.
He told the Jubilee Party candidate Richard Leitich to prepare for bruising saying that they are ready to face him.
“The Jubilee party decided to push forward the by-election by 10 days so they can conduct their nomination and that is a clear indication that they fear us,” said Ruto.
He said the party is a force to reckon with in the next polls and that already he has the backing of Maasai, Kipsigis, Nandi and Pokot people.
On his part, Ngeno said they would mobilise parties like KNC, NVP and Kanu to campaign for Maritim to ensure he wins the seat.
“Elect a leader who is development-conscious not somebody who is working under instructions of another leader because of his influence,” said Ngeno.
The MP also said they will conduct massive and vigorous campaigns in Nyangores and Kericho to show Jubilee party that they are unpopular and Kenyans are not willing to support the new parties’ mergers.
A local resident, Amos Bore vowed to support Maritim and accused his rival Leitich of being a project of Deputy President William Ruto.
He said the Leitich did nothing when he was the area Councilor.
“I challenge Leitcih to show us what he did to the people during his tenure because there is nothing we can celebrate about,” said Bore.
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