In the Photo former Minister and ODM nominated MP Hon Musa Sirma with DP William Ruto at a function in Baringo county. Picture by CapitalFm
Former cabinet secretary and staunch ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga has decamped from ODM to the newly launched Jubilee Alliance Party.
Sirma joined JAP after Deputy President William Ruto personally requested him to rejoin the team ahead of the 2017 elections. Sirma is among the few Rift Valley Politicians who stuck with with ODM in the last elections as the Kalenjin community bolted out en masse to URP.
â€œI am now working with all the other leaders from Rift Valley including our Deputy President. You will see in the coming days what we are up to but for now know that were are a strong team. I will let you know the seat I will be vying for,” he revealed while representing the DP in a funds drive in Baringo County.
Sirma joins former ministers Franklin Bett and former ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang’at.
In the South Rift, DP Ruto, facing a nascent rebellion from Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and Kericho’s Prof Paul Chepkwony has earmarked former Konoin MP John Kones and Franklin Bett to change the tide as indications show the two governors are likely to be denied JAP ticket.
In Nandi County, Ruto is said to have reached out to former ODM Chairman and long serving minister Henry Kosgey to edge Governor Cleophas Langat who is also a rebel. From Nandi, outspoken MP Alfred Keter also has his fate hanging on the balance with revelations that the DP is not keen on having him on board.
Sirma who hails from Baringo will be on JAP ticket to square it out with KANU’s Gideon Moi who has indicated he is not interested in joining the new outfit.