Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto on Tuesday announced that he had formally joined opposition outfit, National Super Alliance (NASA).
According to the outspoken Bomet county boss the other four National Super Alliance (NASA) principals had agreed to treat him as an equal partner in the coalition.
The Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) made the announcement after extended consultations with elders, former leaders and professionals from Bomet County.
“As CCM we are now supporting NASA and as a party leader, I am becoming the fifth principal and will fight for space and negotiate within the coalition summit,” the Governor told Journalists in a presser.
Ruto received backing from Kipsigis elders, led by Myoot Bomet County Chairman Milgo arap Barta and Kipsigis Clans Association chairman Edwin Kimetto.
“As elders we now back the negotiations and ask Governor Ruto to speak on behalf of the Kipsigis community within NASA.” Kimetto was quoted on the Nation newspaper.
The defiant governor further said that working with Deputy President William Ruto had become impossible due to their ideological differences.
He further pointed fingers at the Deputy President accusing him of being against devolution of resources to the grassroots .
Ruto als took the opportunity to explain why he chose not to join Jubilee Party last year, when 11 parties were dissolved to form the merger.
“There is no way I am going to demolish my house (CCM) and move into another man’s house (Jubilee) with my children and grand-children in tow. It is only an insane person who can do that,” the governor stated.
Ruto is expected to join other NASA principals when they converge to deliberate on the Coalition’s presidential flag-bearer in the August 8th general elections.