By Calvin Osiemo
The war of words between Deputy President William Ruto and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has taken a new twist after the United Republican Party (URP) National Executive Committee expelled nine nominated Members of the County Assembly who have been accused by the party for not adhering to the party’s constitution. The Bomet Governor has told URP to brace itself for an impending court battle to restore the nine expelled MCAs.
Addressing the public during Labour Day Celebrations at Kericho Green Stadium, the Governors Council Chair asked URP to reinstate the expelled MCAs with immediate effect. Governor Ruto has accused top URP leadership of increased dictatorial mannerism in dealing with party issues adding that it was crystal clear to him that he is the target by the party.
“I am asking them to come and face me directly. This idea of targeting small people like MCAs in an effort to hurt me is old-fashioned. If they want to get me, I am asking them to try to attempt to remove me. In the meantime, the party should prepare for battle,” Ruto said.
Kericho Senator Charles Keter has backed up the move by the NEC to expel the nominated MCAs saying it had all the rights to do so because they were no longer representing the interests of the Party and therefore the URP should not be compelled to reinstate them. He said Bomet Governor has a hidden agenda which is conflicting with the Party’s agenda.
“Those who didn’t toe the line set by the Party will have to go. Governors Ruto and Chepkwony have their own agenda which is going against that of URP.” said Keter
Governor Ruto, however, dismissed the National Executive Committee members because URP elections had been done up to the county level.
“Who are those people purporting to be Chairman and Secretary General of URP? Who appointed them and who elected the NEC? Those people are strangers because as far as I am concerned, members did not elect them. We will deal with them,” he said
Senator Keter has defended the NEC by saying they were constitutionally put in place.
“The NEC members were elected and were ratified by the National Delegates Conference to hold office for the next five years. Anything else being said to the contrary is false,” Senator Keter said.