Blow to Jubilee as yet another MP bolts, joins opposition


Patrick Ole Ntutu
Narok west MP Patrick Ole Ntutu joins Bomet governor's Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party. Photo/Courtesy

Narok West Member of Parliament, Patrick ole Ntutu, has ditched the Jubilee Party for Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM).

The MP, who is eyeing Narok County gubernatorial seat, blamed lack of preparedness to hold credible party primaries in Jubilee party for his switch of loyalty.

Ntutu made the move after meeting CCM leader, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

His move deals a big blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party that is facing massive defections.

Barely a month ago, Narok North MP, Moitalele ole Kenta, left Jubilee for the Raila Odinga led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Ntutu slammed the National Assembly for passing a draconian electoral law that bars party hoping saying that it was undemocratic.

The MP is set to officially launch his Narok County gubernatorial bid on February 27, 2017.

Ntutu said that politicians are moving to smaller parties due to frustrations in the major parties and lack of assurance for transparency in nominations.

Chama Cha Mashinani Party leader, Isaac Ruto, stated that his party was growing considerably due to its accommodative policies.

Ruto guaranteed that CCM nominations would be free, fair and transparent.

The former Council of Governors (CoG) chair called on the national government to account for funds set aside to address drought and El Nino emergencies.

Ruto appealed to North Rift leaders to champion for rights of marginalized communities affected by Mau forest evictions, instead of victimizing them.

He condemned the government for using state mercenaries to torch their houses.

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