Kanu is not dead, Zipporah Kittony tells DP Ruto

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Zippora KitonyiThe rivalry between Kanu and Deputy President William Ruto’s URP over the control of North Rift region intensified following his remarks that the independence party is dead.

Nominated Senator Zipporah Kittony (Kanu) Monday dismissed the assertions as unfounded and baseless.

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“Everybody has links to Kanu. As far as I know, nobody has tendered their resignation.

“Those saying the party is dead should withdraw the remarks and apologise.

“It is a taboo for someone to wish for his/her political partner’s death. We are in the Jubilee coalition as partners.

“Kanu does not support the formation of Jubilee Alliance Party.

“As a party we are 100 per cent behind the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.

But in 2022, God willing, we will consider fielding our candidate for the presidency,” she told theNation by phone.

Last week, during a series of tours in the North Rift, Mr Ruto urged residents to shun Kanu “because it is a dead party.”

At the same time, leaders in Baringo County have dismissed calls for the DP to run for the top seat in 2017.

ALLEGATIONS BASELESS

Speaking on Sunday during a funds drive for the construction of Kapsoo AIC Church in Kabarnet, they said allegations that TNA may not support Mr Ruto in 2022, are baseless.

Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Woman Representative Grace Kiptui, MPs William Cheptumo (Baringo North) Sammy Mwaita (Baringo Central) and Grace Kipchoim (Baringo South) said they would support President Kenyatta’s re-election.

“Calls to have the DP forge alliances with other communities and run against the President in the next polls is ill-advised,” said Mr Cheboi.

Ms Kipchoim said Kenyans are satisfied with Mr Kenyatta’s performance.

Mr Mwaita said that those agitating for Ruto’s 2017 bid have lost focus.

Ms Kiptui said Kenya needs unity of purpose.

Mr Cheptumo told Kenyans not to vote out diligent leaders.

-nation.co.ke

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