September 24, 2017

Why Ruto ditched NASA for Jubilee

Former National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principal Isaac Ruto has divulged why he decided to abandon Opposition leader Raila Odinga and join the Jubilee brigade ahead of the repeat presidential election on October 17.

According to the former Bomet Governor he felt lonely and decided to jump ship to his former home.

“I felt lonely. I found myself alone and I have now decided to come back. Today I have returned to where I belong,” Ruto indicated as he addressed an excited crowd in Kericho County.

Ruto, who was defeated by Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso in the August polls, had recently vowed that he would not leave NASA for the Jubilee Party.

“I am in NASA to stay. I have decided to maintain a low profile to allow Bomet people to settle. I know the election was marred with a lot of irregularities since government machinery were used to intimidate my supporters,” said Ruto.

“I am Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader. How can I defect to another political outfit. Jubilee has not approached me but I have seen things blown out of proportion on social media,” he added.

He described himself as a ‘wounded general’ at war, saying NASA is a coalition and that he may decide to join the Opposition campaign rallies or maintain a low profile.

Ruto joined Jubilee leaders as the President Uhuru hit the campaign trail following the nullification of the August 8 presidential results.

“Kericho’s Kapkatet Grounds is where major declarations are made. Tomorrow, as from 8am, let us show the President our unity and that we shall vote (for him) to the last man come October 17,” said Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony.

The move did not shock many as analysts were already looking into Ruto’s change of heart.

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