The expulsion of nine members of Bomet County Assembly allegedly allied to Governor Isaac Rutto is causing a storm in Deputy President William Ruto’s party.
The nine includes eight women and a disabled person.
â€œThey were summoned here and they gave their side of the story. They were given a fair chance and after listening to them, they were found guilty. They will, however, get a chance to appeal the decision,â€ said URPÂ NationalÂ Chairman EliasÂ Bare Shill.
Reacting to the expulsion, Bomet Governor claimed the Deputy President is targetting him and that ejecting the MCAs is the first step to eject him, which he dared him to try.
He termed the expulsion unconstitutional and was dictatorial and revealed the MCAs will seekÂ legal at the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal.
â€œI challenge those saying they want to remove me from office to try because out of the 25 elected MCAs only five were loyal to the DP. The expulsion was a rubber stamp of an impeachment process against me,â€ said Rutto.
Rutto dismissed recent accusations from the Deputy President that he was wrecking the URP boat inÂ the Rift Valley through his recent meeting with Baringo Senator and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi, Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Narok Senator Stephen Ntutu and KANU Secretary General Nick Salat at the Mara Safari club in Narok.
â€œThe DP should not read too much into a breakfast meeting. It should not be misconstrued as an indication that I have ditched URP and re-joined KANU,â€ he said.
The Council of Governorsâ€™ chairman said he is now spending more time and energy on the people of Bomet County to ensure that devolution succeeds.
â€œAs leaders from the region we have a duty to address issues facing our people. I will not shy away from cooperating with people who want to improve the lives of our people,â€ said the Governor.
Bomet Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai, the URP county branch chairman, accused the party of bypassing the branch in dealing with the MCAs. He said the accusations against the nine MCAs had not been disclosed to the Bomet branch.
â€œWe shall move to court to challenge the illegality of the expulsion which did not follow due process. The laid down party structures and procedures for disciplining perceived errant officials and members was not followed,â€ said Mutai.
The MCAs had three times been summoned to appear before the partyâ€™s disciplinary committee before their expulsion by the National Executive Committee. However they never attended any disclipinary hearing.
The expulsion of the MCAs resulted from petitions filed at the URP headquarters by Langat Adams, Patrick Rotich, Victor Rop and Ngetich Kiprotich Tyson.
They were accused of not working with the party and not promoting party policies.
The expelled MCAs are Aurelia Chepkirui, Bency Too, Beatrice Chepkirui, Patrick Chepkwony, Taplelei Rotich, Rose Boiyon, Josephine Rotich, Nancy Chepkirui and Hellen Chepkirui.