Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has continued his verbal attack on the Jubilee government after he decamped to form his own Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party.
The rebel Jubilee governor has now claimed that his former side rigged the 2013 election to get to power and has similar plans in the 2017 polls to retain power.
Ruto was speaking to the Star newspaper.
Ruto rubbished a recent opinion poll by Ispos Synovate which claimed that majority of those interviewed want opposition leader Raila Odinga to retire from active politics and that President Uhuru Kenyatta has a high rating than Raila.
He said the polls are engineered to give Uhuruto mileage over their competitors.
“I know there are people eager to steal election. They have stolen before, they can still steal. If you see them churning out these opinion polls, they are up to something. They want opinion polls to justify what they intend to do next year. Those are not genuine opinion polls,” Ruto told the paper.
He also took a swipe at his former ally Deputy President William Ruto, saying he is busy going round the country throwing insults and buying people to Jubilee.
He blamed Uhuru for keeping quiet over the same.
“The President is quiet. He feels good, as his deputy is moving across the country, abusing, cajoling and buying support for him. I don’t know whether he’s aware of this. If he is not, too bad. If he is aware, he owes us an explanation,” he further said.
The governor has already rejected being part of the United Republican Party (URP) brigade that has folded up to form the Jubilee Party.
He has also intensified hunt for support for his Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party as he seeks to wrestle Ruto’s grip on the Rift Valley vote.
Kenya African National Union’s (KANU) Gideon Moi is also another force that has continued to give DP Ruto sleepless nights as he seeks to take over as the Rift Valley kingpin.