, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 20 – Deputy President William Ruto was on Saturday expected in Kericho, in a political battle to prove his firm hold of the Rift Valley after intense pressure from the opposition.
He is scheduled to address a political rally in Kericho to drum up support for Jubilee party candidate Aaron Cheruiyot who was endorsed for the senatorial seat that has attracted six contenders for the March 7 election.
His main challenger is Paul Sang of KANU which held a major political rally in Kapkatet on Friday, addressed by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and KANU Chairman Gideon Moi among others.
The KANU and PESA Mashinani leaders have been rallying the people of Rift Valley to decamp from Jubilee into the opposition, saying they have been sidelined.
“This is a Tsunami which cannot be stopped by anybody,” the Bomet Governor told supporters on Friday, “It is too late for the Deputy President to apologise to the people.”
But the Deputy President has dismissed the bid maintaining“”Rift Valley is in government to stay. The dissenters can’t provide any alternative leadership because they have no plan.”