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Big Blow to Dp Ruto as Rift Valley Mps Now Endorse Gideon Moi

Brian Sunguti

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Baringo senator and KANU party leader Gideon Moi has come out in defense of his party’s post-election pact with the ruling Jubilee party. Speaking at a function in Eldoret, the son of former President Moi termed his party’s deal with Jubilee as one that is solely aimed at fostering national unity, inclusiveness and development. While accompanied by both his KANU leaders and those termed as Dp Ruto’s rebels; Governor Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet, Moiben Mp Sila Tiren and his Ainabkoi counterpart William Chepkut.
Senator Moi was so upbeat about his deal with President Kenyatta’s Jubilee. He termed it as the new dawn for the Kalenjin community and Kenyans at large. And that his positive working relationship with the Head of State should not be seen as a move to intimidate Deputy president Willis Ruto or any other Kalenjin leader. He termed his continued desire to have the two parties engage as a way of shunning divisive politics in the country and embracing unity of purpose in line with the spirit of BBI.

He urged area residents to support him and his ambitions as he was more visionary and up to the task given his new found friends. Friends which he vowed to continue working with for the sake of the present and future of the Kalenjin community and the whole country at large. This comes even as DP Ruto’s camp continues to be disgruntled by the Jubilee-KANU pact, terming it as one that is aimed at undermining the Dp in his own backyard. Already a fierce battle for the control of the vote rich Rift Valley region now appears to be taking shape, with Moi And Ruto both at loggerheads.

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KANU has however started reaping the benefits of their political marriage with Jubilee. President Kenyatta gave them the Senate Majority Leader’s position by nominating West Pokot senator Samuel Poghisio. This was after Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen was ousted by the president for singing Dp Ruto’s political choir far too loud for the president’s comfort. The reorganisation of National Assembly house committees after the axing of Dp Ruto allies also saw KANU get some leadership positions.

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