Sort out Rift Valley, Uhuru tells Ruto
09 March 2016, 19:50
Nairobi - Sort out the South Rift, DP William Ruto has been told by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Following the Kericho Senate by Election in which the opposition garnered as many as 50,000 votes in a perceived stronghold, the discussion has now turned to reclaiming them back.
And in that vein, the President has asked the DP to deal with it.
With the 2017 General Elections now months away and rebellion at its highest in the rift, the President has grown worried that KANU could split votes come the polls.
State House insiders tell News24 that the President, who watched the election play out keenly, has asked his Deputy to be wary.
" The President is worried by what he saw. There is clear rebellion which must be looked at," the source stated.
" He has asked the DP to be careful and take nothing to chance," he added.
The Jubilee Coalition knows too well how much split votes can harm a campaign to seek the Presidency.
In the 2013 elections, Amani National Congress Leader Musalia Mudavadi won nearly 500,000 votes in western Kenya, which if could have translated to CORD leader Raila Odinga's tally, could have made a huge difference in the election results.
The DP has celebrated a victory in the Kericho poll and rightly so but now effort turn to saving votes ahead of the General Elections.
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