Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his CCM party join NASA
After several months of anticipation, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, has officially announced that he has joined the opposition coalition, National Super Alliance (NASA).
According to the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader, his decision to join NASA was arrived at after a series of consultative meetings with the Kipsigis Council of Elders, who approved CCM to join forces with NASA in a bid to trounce the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led administration out of power.
Speaking in Bomet after the last meeting with the elders, Mr Ruto now says that he is officially the fifth NASA co-principal, joining ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, ODM’s Raila Odinga, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka.
“We have held discussions with teachers’ representatives, Maendeleo ya Wanawake, former Councillors, village elders and the Kipsigis Council of Elders and we were all in agreement that we now join up and sign up with NASA,” said the Governor.
Ruto’s move may force NASA’s National Coordinating Committee to rethink their already difficult process of choosing the outfit’s presidential flag bearer, that has in the recent weeks shaken the coalition’s unity.
The governor, who fell out with the Jubilee Administration just months after successfully campaigning for it to come into power back in 2013, will now face a stiff competition from Jubilee Party (JP) aspirants to retain his seat.
Meanwhile, the CCM party leader will now participate in the party’s nomination exercise scheduled for Wednesday 19 as opposed to previous reports that Ruto will be handed the party’s ticket unopposed. This is after a political activist, Alvin Koech, declared that he will be seeking the county’s top-most job on a CCM ticket.
CCM party’s election board chairman, Christopher Lowada, has said that the nomination exercise will be free and fair to all aspirants.