Kenya: Ruto to Hold Mega Rally in Eldoret; 100 Lawmakers Expected

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Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto was set to hold a mega rally in his Eldoret hometown with at least 100 lawmakers allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) expected to grace the event.

Ruto’s event expected to attract some 50,000 supporters from the larger north rift region comes against the backdrop of a bruising battle in the National Assembly where his troops put a spirited fight to stonewall changes to the Political Parties Act with no success.

Uasin Gshu Governor Jackson Mandago was the host and said that the meeting would culminate in Ruto’s blessing from his hometown for him to run for the presidency in August 9 General Election.

” We are prepared and have mobilized enough to give the DP a fitting send-off.

His Turkana counterpart Josphat Nak denied reports that Ruto would unveil his manifesto at this meeting, saying that the DP would do so in Nairobi.

” I confirm that the hustler manifesto will not be launched in Eldoret tomorrow. The launch will take place at the right time in Nairobi. We will listen to the ground ya northern rift; the bottom-up way. He said that the ground (not dynasties), never disappoints in his response to statements made by Donald Kipkorir, a city lawyer and associate of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi shared a photo with top UDA lawmakers Aden Duale, Senator Kipchumba (Elgeyo Marakwet), and Caleb Kositany before the rally.

UDA-allied lawmakers numbering slightly over 100 also lost crucial amendments to the proposed law dubbed the Azimio Bill supported by counterparts allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his new ally Raila Odinga.

Odinga wants to form a coalition party with his Azimio La Umoja Movement, which has the ability to file candidates for all six of the elective seats.

Ruto’s allies objected to the proposal to establish coalitions as parties, as opposed to the current arrangement in which individual parties field their respective candidates.

They also opposed a controversial amendment that gave the Registrar of Political Parties authority to decide what constitutes defection of politicians from their sponsor party as well as powers to supervise primaries.

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Ruto’s allies also rejected a provision requiring candidates to form coalitions six months to the election date.

The Deputy President’s rally in Eldoret is part of his wider campaign tour which recently saw him hold as many as 40 rallies in a week.

Ruto has been facing immense pressure from within government where his role as the second in command has constantly been challenged with President Uhuru Kenyatta, with who they formed the governing coalition that won the presidency twice (2013 and 2017) electing to work with Ruto’s foes.

Although President Kenyatta has not openly declared his preferred successor, he has given the clearest indication that he supports Odinga’s bid.

Senior ranking cabinet members have only declared Odinga as their choice with the powerful Mt Kenya Foundation, a league of top business leaders from President Kenyatta’s central Kenya political backyard declaring Odinga as their choice.

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