President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched fresh attacks on Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto over his apparent opposition of the Jubilee government.
Speaking during a tour of Bomet on Saturday, Uhuru Kenyatta said that it was unfortunate that Governor Ruto had chosen to side with Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) just four years after his election on a Jubilee ticket.
President Kenyatta said that Jubilee Party was strong in Rift Valley without Governor Ruto noting that they would soldier on to win re-election in the 2017 General Election.
In support, Deputy President William Ruto questioned Governor Ruto’s commitment in bettering the lives of the locals saying he had obstructed most of the development projects initiated by Jubilee government.
“What kind of leader wants to prevent the construction of roads and universities and equipment of medical facilities in his county?” questioned DP Ruto.
In a rejoinder, Governor Ruto faulted Jubilee for disregarding the interests of the people of Bomet saying the projects initiated in the county were not beneficial to the locals.
“Jubilee should know that Mashinani Party is a county movement that is unstoppable. If they doubt that, they should wait until the elections and see how many of their MPs are ousted,” said Governor Ruto.
“Chama cha Mashinani is not a department; it is the County Government of Bomet. Even if they use taxpayers’ money to popularize Jubilee Party we will still kick out their MPs in 2017 elections.”
“If President Uhuru Kenyatta is interested in our votes, he should say so. We will choose what to do (when the elections come),” said Governor Ruto.
Isaac Ruto further called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack down on abuses in his campaign trail saying the abusive language spewed in his campaign is worrisome.
Governor Ruto is among the leaders who resolved to ignore Deputy President William Ruto’s move to dissolve United Republican Party (URP) that had sponsored them in the 2013 elections and join Jubilee.
While Governor Ruto resorted to forming his own Mashinani Party, Nandi Hills MP Alfred has announced that he would seek reelection as an independent candidate.