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February 20, 2018

Raila allies in North Rift urged to ditch NASA and back Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto back to the Jubilee Party at Kapkatet Grounds on Friday, September 9, 2017. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto back to the Jubilee Party at Kapkatet Grounds on Friday, September 9, 2017. /PSCU

Some allies of NASA leader Raila Odinga have refused to quit the opposition, despite Jubilee pleas ahead of the presidential rerun.

Others have kept their heads down since August 8 and are not campaigning for NASA. Their silence is loud.

In the North Rift, Jubilee hopes to win back more than 10 ex-MPs and influential politicians who backed NASA.

JP is targetting former assistant ministers Stephen Tarus, Jesse Maisz, Peris Simam, Dr Joseph Misoi and Francis Mutwol.

It is wooing former MPs David Koech (Mosop) and Elijah Lagat (Chesumei) together with former speaker John Cheruiyot and former army commander Augustine Cheruiyot.

The others are NASA regional coordinators Kipkorir Menjo and David Songok. However, Menjo and Songok said they won’t be swayed.

Emissaries have been sent to convince them to return to JP and back President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto in the fresh electon.

Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny is among those lobbying for their return. He helped engineer the return of former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto to JP and helped to resolve a power struggle between Jubilee and Kanu.

“We have approached some of the leaders and they are shown willingness to work with us. We need everyone on board,” Kuttuny said.

He said NASA will lose the presidential election.

“We have told the leaders there is no need for them to be out in the cold,” Kuttuny said.

But Koech said he is still in NASA because he believes it has sound policies, especially for the agriculture sector.

“We are a democratic society, and we are free to talk to anyone. However, for now I am in NASA,” he said.

Lagat also said he is still in NASA, but declined to elaborate.

“Since the days of [former President Daniel] Moi era I’m known as one who is never swayed because of personal interests. I will not accept even if approached to join Jubilee. Democracy means we have the freedom to belong anywhere,” Menjo said.

The politicians campaigned for Raila before the General Election, but have kept a low profile since the poll.

There are pressured to rejoin jubilee.

Tarus, Mutwol, Koech and Lagat denied they had been approached to rejoin Jubilee.

But they could not explain why they no longer actively campaign for NASA in the Jubilee stronghold.

“I am busy with other matters and we can talk later,” said Lagat.

Simam said she will remain active in politics.




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