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Friday May 15, 2020 – Former Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, chaired a meeting of Chama Cha Mashinani’s (CCM) top decision-making organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC), in Nairobi on Thursday, May 14th.

Former Isiolo Deputy Governor, Simba Guleid, a CCM national official and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), later revealed that they resolved to enter into a post-election coalition agreement with the ruling Jubilee Party.

The revelation came a day after Ruto’s chopper trip from his home in Tugoi, Bomet County, to Nairobi sparked speculation that he was set to feature in ongoing political realignments.

“The leadership of the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), Isaac Ruto and Zakayo Cheruiyot (former MP) and the NEC have jointly resolved to form a post-election coalition agreement with the Jubilee Party to be deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties for formal signing soon,” Guleid stated.

“The information is correct.”

“The meeting was held in Nairobi, the focus was on discussing what exactly the deal will involve and what it means for both parties involved in it, because as you know CCM is founded on the ideology of strengthening devolution,” a source close to the former Governor stated.

Guleid also confirmed on social media that their discussions centred on the modalities of the agreement, with the interests of both parties considered.

“Both CCM and Jubilee are in talks on how to form this merger which is based on mutual interest and social-economic betterment for the people of Kenya.”

“Mashinani Kenya will always be in defence of devolution and fight for equity,” he wrote.

The confirmation of the planned merger comes at a time when Jubilee’s coalition agreement with the Kenya African National Union (KANU) is grabbing headlines.

Isaac Ruto still carries some influence in the South Rift counties of Bomet and Kericho, and his inclusion in the Jubilee administration could be perceived as an affront to Ruto in his Rift Valley backyard.


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