DP William Ruto hosts 5k to counter Raila

Jubilee leader expected at his Karen home

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Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO: DAILYPOST

Deputy President William Ruto is on this morning, Tuesday, January 10, host to thousands of elected leaders and aspirants, just a day before the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) holds a similar meeting at the historic Bomas of Kenya.

The meeting started at 7am at the DP’s Karen residence and more than 5,000 leaders are expected to attend.

The meet up was confirmed by DP Ruto’s communications director David Mugonyi who refused to divulge its agenda.

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It was reported however by a local daily that unnamed sources close to the DP said the discussions will revolve around nominations as well as the voter registration which kicks off next week. The Jubilee leaders will also be briefed on preparations for the presidential campaign ahead of the August 8 poll.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto after they announced the Jubilee Party. PHOTOS: HEZRON NJOROGE/THE STAR

Ruto is also expected to ask them to rally behind the election amendments passed by Parliament and the Senate but which have been strongly rejected by the Opposition.

Jubilee used its numbers in the two houses to change electoral laws, effectively allowing IEBC to put in place manual backup systms to identify voters and to transmit results if the electronic ones fail.

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Cord and its affiliates are convinced that the new changes are part of a scheme by the Jubilee government to rig the General Election which is just months away.

The Uhuru Kenyatta-led Jubilee Party has been charaterised by suspicions, infighting and fears of unfair, bungled nominations, and fears of losing the parliamentary majority.