Senator Gideon Moi’s KANU and Isaac Ruto’ CCM have tremendously gained from the spoils of war among Jubilee leaders in the Rift Valley. Leaders who were previously ardent members of the ruling party have decamped to both KANU and CCM citing intolerance and dictatorship by DP Ruto together with his allies.
DP Ruto is hardest hit in the North Rift where a number of notable politicians who were previously in Jubilee have severed their links with the party, as well as with DP Ruto. They have chosen to join Uhuru Kenyatta’s stable and other friendly parties. Their major reason for ditching the party is the way its running its politics in Rift Valley as well as a cabal of leaders who have grown very arrogant and become party cartels.
Elgeiyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has decamped to KANU after what he calls a constant intimidation non stop insults from DP Ruto and his allies. Something which has made him uncomfortable in Jubilee.
“Some people are saying I have decamped from Tanga Tanga, but I have never been in that outfit. What I am displeased about is the vigor with which the DP’s allies have been insulting me and other leaders at various forums. I have borne the brunt of incessant insults from Jubilee leaders and they should know I will go with my supporters to KANU.”
The other notable figure from the North Rift who has decamped from Jubilee is business mogul cum politician Zedekiah Bundotich. He has accused DP Ruto of intolerance and profiling him inside Jubilee to a point where Ruto’s allies have warned him he is not likely to get party’s certificate in 2022.
‘There are individuals who are gravely intolerant and thrive in retrogressive politics that if you follow their ideals then you have their blessings. But I am not that kind of politician. I have my ideologies on how to better the lives of people,” said Buzeki. The businessman gave current governor Jackson Mandago a run for his money after he garnered a total of 148,000 votes as an independent aspirant for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat.
“A DP Ruto’s aide and an MP in Uasin Gishu have been going round saying that they will never issue a Jubilee certificate to me for my gubernatorial race come 2022 since I come from the Keiyo community. This is what broke the camel’s back in regards to my association with Jubilee,” he charged.He has since defected to Isaac Rutto’s CCM and has vowed to revamp the party into one of the biggest political movements in the country.
”After wide consultations, we have decided to move to CCM and from today there is no reverse gear. We will move to make CCM the most popular and grassroots-based party in Kenya,” he said.
While commenting on the defections, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat says KANU is the most tolerant party in the country, reason why people are defecting to join in.
”As KANU, we are ready to welcome all those joining us and work with us. As we speak now, we are in a strategy meeting on how we shall ensure the party offers alternative leadership away from the nauseating insults the public is treated to.”