In Summary
  • They want, among other things, the woes facing the agriculture sector, specifically maize and dairy, to be conclusively put to rest.
  • Rift Valley leaders are pushing for a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting to air their grievances, among them the thorny Mau Forest evictions issue.

Divisions have emerged among Rift Valley leaders over support for Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.

A clique of Jubilee lawmakers from the region on Sunday issued several demands to be met by Mr Ruto and his allies in order to guarantee their support.

They want, among other things, the woes facing the agriculture sector, specifically maize and dairy, to be conclusively put to rest, as well as the explosive land issue in the Mau Forest complex where thousands of families have been evicted.

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Cherang’any counterpart Joshua Kutuny have argued that these are the hot issues in the region that need Mr Ruto's attention.

ISAAC RUTO

Ruto has lately been reaching out to other leaders, including Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) leader Isaac Ruto and redrafting political alignments ahead of the next General Election.

“The next elections will have nothing to do with religion, tribal groupings, past poll deals and funds drives. The DP has lost his grip on Rift Valley because of being misadvised by his political dimwits,” the outspoken MP said.

Mr Ruto, the former Bomet Governor, hosted allies of the DP and other prominent Rift Valley leaders - including sitting governors and MPs - at his Chepalungu home in what is believed to be a scheme to revamp CCM as an alternative political vehicle for the DP should things turn sour in Jubilee party.

But Mr Keter rubbished the scheme as a waste of time, arguing that the DP has in the past dismissed CCM as a non-entity in political circles.

GIDEON MOI

Mr Kutuny urged Mr Ruto's to resolve the crises in the maize sector and Mau Forest, which he claimed had divided leaders from the region.

He claimed that Mr Ruto’s wavering stand on the push for a constitutional review and the famous "handshake" between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are some of the issues that have almost derailed his 2022 presidential bid.

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