Ruto in Bungoma charm offensive


Deputy President William Ruto Sunday went on a charm offensive in Bungoma, asking political outfits in western Kenya to wind up and join the Jubilee Alliance Party.

Mr Ruto reiterated the need for Jubilee affiliate parties from the region to join forces and form a strong political party that will unite all Kenyans.

He spoke in Kimilili Town during a fundraiser.

Mr Ruto called on New Ford Kenya, one of the strong parties in western Kenya, to close shop and join JAP.

“For the country to move forward and be devoid of tribal politics, we need to form one political party that will unite all Kenyans under one roof,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President further said the western Kenya community has a higher chance of ascending to power only if it is part of a strong political party.

He said individuals asking New Ford-K not to join JAP were not being honest on the community’s plight.

“There are people here who do not want your party to join us, saying we are lying to your leaders. Eugene Wamalwa is here and he is bright, and we cannot lie to him. We want the community to gain. That is why we are asking him to let his party join us,” said Mr Ruto.

He asked all the Jubilee affiliate parties to join JAP now, as trying to do so later would not be acceptable.

At the same time, leaders in Laikipia County have resolved to join a new political outfit that will be launched next month to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta is re-elected in the 2017 General Election.

The leaders said they were coming up with strategies to recruit more members to join the new party.

They spoke in Rumuruti Town, Laikipia West Sub-County, on Sunday.

In a joint statement issued to the press after a day-long consultative meeting, the leaders vowed to popularise the new outfit soon after its launch.

The meeting was convened by Laikipia Senator G.G. Kariuki and brought together the County Woman Rep Jane Apollos, Governor Joshua Irungu, Laikipia West MP Wachira Karani and his Laikipia East counterpart Mutahi Kimaru, county assembly reps, and members of both TNA and URP from the county.