The Deputy President William Ruto’s invasion of the Western region and poaching top politicians is causing havoc.
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba and Likuyani MP Enoch Kibunguchy have found themselves in trouble for supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambition.
We were so focused on the fake gold scam that we almost missed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba crossing over to Jubilee during DP Ruto's tour of the county barely a week after his Turkana County counterpart did the same. And a day after Khalwale crossed over. pic.twitter.com/5KaZHwI2Rd
— Brian Khaniri (@BKhaniri) May 20, 2019
Their Ford Kenya party, whose leader is Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, has vowed action against them.
On Tuesday, party Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu, said officials will meet soon to discuss the declaration by the two at the weekend.
It is wrong for members of Ford Kenya to promote rival outfits, Dr Simiyu noted.
Mr Khaemba, a longtime Ford Kenya member and a second-term county boss, is the second governor in weeks to switch allegiance and back Dr Ruto.
His declaration came two weeks after one by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok of the Orange Democratic Movement.
While hosting the DP in Saboti, Mr Khaemba said, “I was not in Jubilee. I belong to a house that is now full of smoke. I have weighed my options … though I have a bald head , i have a sharp brain.
“I asked myself whether I should continue living in a house full of smoke or build another house. We, the 14 governors in Rift Valley, have agreed to work together this time round.”
Dr Kibunguchy said the constituency was bound to benefit from a Ruto presidency. Likuyani borders Turbo, the DP’s home constituency.