More than 200 Kanu branch officials in Rift Valley have threatened to withdraw support for Jubilee, accusing Deputy President William Ruto of continually undermining their party boss Gideon Moi.
The officials said that despite Kanu agreeing to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection, Ruto has been busy plotting Moi’s political downfall in Baringo by campaigning for Jubilee aspirants.
“Gideon is using his resources to campaign for Uhuru in all areas, yet Ruto is still funding and openly supporting a campaign against Gideon in Baringo. We cannot take it any more,” Elgeyo Marakwet branch chairman Paul Kibet said.
He told Uhuru to take charge of his campaign, adding that Ruto was doing more damage than good to Jubilee and sabotaging Uhuru’s reelection plan.
Kibet’s sentiments were supported by other Kanu leaders, including Jonathan Bii and David Chepsiror. The Rift leaders held a meeting in Eldoret on Tuesday.
“Rift Valley is no longer a Jubilee zone as claimed by Ruto and his henchmen. They should know NASA is penetrating the region because of Ruto’s style of politics,” Kibet said.
He said Ruto’s focus is on the 2022 election, “but his scheme to win the presidency may not work”.
Kibet said Uhuru had gone out of his way to look for partners including Kanu, but Ruto was undermining them.
Bii said, “If Uhuru does not stop Ruto from undermining Gideon and other leaders, we in Kanu will cut links and ask our supporters to vote elsewhere. They will go home together and 2022 will not be an issue.”
Bii, who is vying for the Soy parliamentary seat, said Kanu should not be taken for granted because the party has a wide support base that can tilt the region’s support in favour of the opposition.
Last week, Ruto visited Baringo, campaigned for Jubilee candidates and urged locals to ignore Kanu candidates.
Gideon is defending his Senate seat in Baringo on the Kanu ticket. He will run against Jubilee’s Simon Chelugui.
Kanu has fielded strong candidates in some areas in Rift Valley and analysts say the party may win key seats in Baringo and West Pokot counties.
Last month, Kanu leaders told Ruto to stop attacking the Rift Valley politicians.
Led by Moi, secretary general Nick Salat and Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno, the party said Ruto is fond of provoking them for no reason whenever he is in the region.