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Khalwale defects to Jubilee, declares support for DP Ruto’s bid

Boni Khalwale is seen as Ruto’s greatest ally in Western Kenya. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has defected to the ruling Jubilee Party after sending mixed signals for months, with his close association with Deputy President William Ruto, who lately frequents Western Kenya.

Khalwale, who was hosting the DP at his Kakamega home on Friday, announced that he has ditched Ford Kenya where he was a Deputy party Leader and joined to join the ruling party.

His move come just days after Ford Kenya summoned the vocal leader to respond to charges of gross misconduct.

“I want to assure my brother, the Deputy President that I shall walk with you in your journey of seeking the Presidency,” the former legislator, who is lately seen as Ruto’s major political ally in Western Kenya said.

Khalwale was formerly a vocal critic of Jubilee Party and its leadership, particularly during the last General Election when he supported the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

On his part, DP Ruto said it is only in Jubilee Party where all Kenyans can feel represented.

He accused the opposition of attempting to break the party but committed to ensuring it remains a strong party.

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