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Rift Valley leaders defend DP Ruto over maize scandal claims

The leaders, led by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny and their Moiben counterpart Silas Teren are taking advantage of the challenges facing farmers

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19- Members of Parliament from Rift Valley region have come out to defend Deputy President William Ruto from allegations made by their colleagues that he should be probed over maize and fertilizer scandals in the country.

The leaders, led by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny and their Moiben counterpart Silas Teren are taking advantage of the challenges facing farmers to tarnish DP Ruto’s name and for their own political mileage.

“These are people with hidden agenda that is why you see in all their press conferences their target is to malign the name of the Deputy President so whenever there are challenges in the country, all they do is to try and see how they can link DP Ruto and we are telling them enough is enough,” Cheruiyot said.

Soy MP Caleb Kositany and his Endebess counterpart Robert Pukose urged farmers not to pay attention to what the three had to say stating that they have no any solution to offer and are only being used by Ruto’s political detractors.

“The allegations peddled by these three are not realistic, credible or necessary to the solutions of the challenges the farmers face and they have no meaningful solution potential.” Kositany said.

The leaders urged their colleagues to sit down with Jubilee leadership and find a permanent solution for the challenges that the country is facing instead of creating wrangles for selfish gain.

On Saturday, Keter, Kutuny and Teren said that DP has been giving false promises to the maize farmers and he should be investigated over scandals that have unfolded.

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