A section of Jubilee legislators have called on National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen to tame their tongues.
Speaking at an event attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said that Murkomen and Duale’s “loose tongues” were costing Jubilee votes in the region.
Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi, together with Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago said Duale and Murkomen’s public utterances against leaders in the region who were in opposition of Jubilee was casting the party in bad light.
“We are planning to discuss with Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to convince them to join Jubilee and these talks are being sabotaged by negative statements by these two leaders,” said Mandago.
In his speech, State House political advisor and former Cheranganyi MP Joshua Kutuny said: “There are some wild dogs who every time they open their mouths to speak, they hit out at other leaders who are thought to be against Jubilee.
“Murkomen and Duale’s tongues need to be tamed because they are costing Jubilee votes in Rift Valley.”
Murkomen and Duale have openly criticized Bomet Governor Ruto and Gideon Moi over their close alienation with Opposition coalition CORD and its leader Raila Odinga saying their attempts to divert the region’s votes to the Opposition would fail.
In a past pronouncement, Murkomen said that Bomet County belonged to Jubilee and no number of political rallies by Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi would change that.
Kalonzo and Mudavadi attended Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s homecoming and promised to work together with the Governor to ensue Jubilee does not get a second term in office.
The event was also attended by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.
A week later, Raila was in the region for public rallies and also held talks with Isaac Ruto over a possible alliance that would seemingly divide the vote-region region in the 2017 elections.
Several leaders in the region, including Moi and Governor Ruto have in several occasions accused Jubilee of neglecting the region in terms of development with Gideon Moi calling o President Uhuru Kenyatta to deal with the region directly and not through DP Ruto.
The leaders claim that deputy president Ruto has failed the people of Rift Valley ad has not pushed for their interest in the Jubilee government.
Uhuru Kenyatta, in his recent tour of Bomet County, said that it was unfortunate that Governor Ruto had chosen to side with CORD, adding that Jubilee was still strong even without his support.
He further noted that he trusted DP Ruto and would stick with him in the 2017 elections and support his presidential bid in 2022.
“I stand by our agreement of 2013, that I run for two terms then support DP Ruto’s presidential bid,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.