Headache for Isaac Rutto as politi­cians fail to join party

Lead­ers seen as the gover­nor’s close al­lies have not de­fected to CCM

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - FELIX KIPKEMOI @fkye­gon

Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto is fac­ing an up­hill task in his quest to pop­u­larise his Chama Cha Mashinani party, af­ter politi­cians al­lied to him failed to join it.

As per the re­leased list of names from the Of­fice of the Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties, only MCAs from Bomet have been named as mem­bers, sig­nalling that all is not rosy for the new po­lit­i­cal out­fit.

Thir­teen MCAs – seven nom­i­nated and six elected – de­fected from URP to CCM af­ter URP dis­solved to join the Ju­bilee Party.

The elected MCAs are Wil­liam Mosonik, Philip Siele, Christo­pher Ngeno, Sammy Kip­siele, Robert Bett and Stephen Chang­morik. The nom­i­nated rep­re­sen­ta­tives are Hellen Chep­kirui, Beatrice Chep­ke­moi, Nancy Chep­kirui, Aure­lia Chep­kirui, Hellen Taplelei, Pa­trick Chep­kwony and Rose Boiyon.

Emu­rua Dikiir MP Jo­hanna Ng’eno (Kenya Na­tional Congress) is not on the list, though he has been a strong critic of JP and has been cham­pi­oning Rutto’s CCM.

There are no names of sit­ting MPs, woman rep­re­sen­ta­tives, sen­a­tors and gov­er­nors from the Rift Valley, ex­cept Rutto.

Isi­olo Deputy Gover­nor Mo­hamed Guleid, CCM’s na­tional chair­man, is the only listed politi­cian from out­side Bomet.

Rutto has tra­versed var­i­ous parts of Kenya seek­ing to open party of­fices ahead of the 2017 elec­tions.

Some of his close al­lies, in­clud­ing MPs Zakayo Cheruiyot (Kure­soi South), Al­fred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Os­car Sudi (Kapseret) of the former URP and who are all strong crit­ics of Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and JP, did not show any in­ten­tion to join CCM.

/ FELIX KIPKEMOI

Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto, Isi­olo Deputy Gover­nor Mo­hamed Guleid and Kure­soi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot dur­ing the open­ing of Chama Cha Mashinani party of­fice in Chep­alungu, Bomet county, on July 24

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