Ju­bilee to open of­fices in Bomet to sub­due Rutto

Gover­nor and his CCM party in­creas­ingly dom­i­nate the cov­eted Rift county re­gion

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

The Ju­bilee Party this week­end will open of­fices in Bomet, a re­gion in­creas­ingly seen as op­po­si­tion Gover­nor Isaac Rutto’s turf.

Ju­bilee re­gional leg­is­la­tors want to demon­strate to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and DP Wil­liam Ruto that they have a grip on the re­gion.

Rutto, who has been pop­u­lar­is­ing his Chama Cha Mashinani, claims the re­gion is now a CCM strong­hold.

He has said Ju­bilee shouldn’t ex­pect a six-piece vot­ing pat­tern next year.

The gover­nor has said he will not join Ju­bilee un­der any cir­cum­stances and will de­fend his seat on the CCM ticket.

He has opened party of­fices in the county and across the coun­try.

On Mon­day, Na­tional As­sem­bly deputy speaker Joyce La­boso, Bomet Sen­a­tor Wil­fred Le­san and Konoin MP Sammy Koech met 12 JP MCAs from Bomet. They they would open of­fices.

Not present were MPs Ron­ald Tonui (Bomet Cen­tral), Be­nard Bett (Bomet East), Paul Sav­imbi (Chep­alungu), woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ce­cilia Ngetich and speaker Ge­of­frey Kip­ngetich.

La­boso warned op­po­nents against dis­rupt­ing the of­fice open­ings.

“Those ugly in­ci­dents we have wit­nessed should not re­oc­cur and we ask our ri­vals to keep off. They should not use youths to cause chaos.”

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