, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 25 – Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has dared the United Republican Party (URP) to expel him from the Party over his sustained campaign for a national referendum.
Ruto says empty threats and intimidation will not scare him to drop the calls for a referendum because he has a constitutional right to opinion and stand.
“If indeed they think they have powers to expel governors, they should start with Isaac Ruto, let them not start with any other governor, let them not even threaten any other MCA, let them not threaten another MP, let them deal with one Isaac Ruto—let them pass a resolution tomorrow that I should now be a non- member of the Party, we will see the consequences,” dared Ruto.
He was responding to threats by Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale who on Wednesday announced that they plan to eject him from the party owing to his failure to appear before the Senates’ Public Accounts and Investment Committee over accountability issues.
The two leaders had in the past weeks been in a verbal political spat over the governors’ calls for a referendum with Duale accusing Ruto of asking for more funds yet he has failed to account for money allocated to him in the previous financial year.
Ruto said those calling for his expulsion were playing politics pointing out that URP does in fact not have a stand on the referendum ; that the position being proclaimed was by certain leaders and their sycophants.
“We are aware there is a group of fellows masquerading as National Executive Members of URP, I want to make it absolutely clear that URP has not done election, we only did elections up to the county levels, and we have not gone beyond the county level. So we have no National officials, we have no NEC,” he stated.
On Wednesday, a section of URP legislators drawn from Nandi County said the Party did not support the referendum calls and those going against the stand would face disciplinary action.
“URP gave their position, as leaders who are elected under the URP ticket we agreed with the party position– Any other individual elected under the same ticket and has a different opinion can be able to take his risk, of course there are consequences,” warned Nandi Senator Stephen Sang during a briefing to condemn the attack on pro-referendum proponents in Kapsabet, Nandi County.
Ruto said the only decision that would be binding was if the Party’s’ National Governing Council convened to come up with a position on the matter.