National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has downplayed former Bomet Governor Issac Ruto move to decamp to President Uhuru's Jubilee Party.
Speaking during a campaign trail in Machakos County on Friday, the former Prime Minister downplayed the impact of Ruto’s defection to President Uhuru's camp, saying that it will have no impact on the opposition coalition NASA.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader further said that anyone joining Jubilee at this time is "boarding the wrong vehicle". "We have seen others decamping to Jubilee but I want to tell them that the Jubilee lorry is headed to Egypt. With Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang'ula, Musalia Mudavadi, Charity Ngilu and Mutula Kilonzo Jr, we will remain strong in NASA," he said.
Rutto joined forces with NASA principals Raila Odinga (ODM) Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) ahead of August 8th election. He suffered defeat in the hands of Jubilee's Joyce Laboso in the race to defend his Bomet Governor seat in last month's polls.
Ruto officially re-joined Jubilee on Friday at the historic Kapkatet grounds in Kericho after missing key NASA events. The Chama Cha Mshinani leader said that he felt lonely while in the opposition and had resolved to come back home.
"I felt lonely. I found myself alone and I have now decided to come back. Today I have returned to where I belong," Ruto said as he addressed an excited crowd in Kapkatet, Kericho County on Friday.