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November 18, 2017

I was lonely in NASA, now back home, Rutto says after joining Jubilee

President Uhuru Kenyatta embraces Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto at the start of Jubilee's campaign rally at Kapkatet grounds in Kericho, September 8, 2017. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta embraces Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto at the start of Jubilee's campaign rally at Kapkatet grounds in Kericho, September 8, 2017. /PSCU

"I felt lonely. I found myself alone and I have now decided to come back."

These were the words of former NASA principal Isaac Rutto at a Jubilee rally at Kapkatet sports ground in Kericho on Friday.

Rutto got off the limelight after losing the Governor race to Joyce Laboso.

Many wondered what happened and NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi said he was still with them but he announced today that he was no longer a member of the Opposition.

Rutto joined the coalition on April 19. His stay was short and he is now in President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's camp.

The Chama Cha Mashinani leader will now campaign for Jubilee Party.

Read: Isaac Rutto joins NASA as fifth principal, promises Jubilee hard time in polls

Also read: Change of heart: NASA's Isaac Rutto joins Uhuru for Kapkatet rally

"Uhuru and Ruto talked to me into coming back," he said, adding he started by working with Jubilee.

"Tulianza pamoja na yeye (Uhuru) ndiyo maana tuko na yeye saa hii. Tumekuja na tuna unga Uhuru mkono (We began in Uhuru's camp and that is why we are with him now. We are here to back him)."

He added: "We started the journey of joining the other team. You people cheered me on but when I got there, I realised I was alone.

"I want us to work as together. I have come back with all the people. We were with [Kapseret MP] Oscar Sudi before he ran away. I sat down and said 'there is no permanent enemy in politics'. These people looked for me and we all sat down and now we are here [sic]."

Rutto was among leaders who welcomed Uhuru and Ruto after they landed in the area to campaign ahead of the election on October 17.

Uhuru welcomed him to the ruling coalition and faulted Opposition leader Raila Odinga over his demands on the repeat presidential election.

In Litein, the President said Raila is prepared to deny Kenyans their democratic right to choose their leaders by forcing himself to power through the back door.

“The only way to stop him is if all of you will show him that you want peace, development and progress by turning out in large numbers to safeguard your supreme will on October 17."

Raila, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) joined forces ahead of the August 8 general election.

Former Meru Governor Peter is their newest member.

Read: Munya joins NASA, to lead Central campaigns for Raila-Uhuru rematch

Also read: Raila tells Uhuru to resign over "sham election"

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