The Star (Nairobi)

15 February 2013

Kenya: Biwott Tells Off Ruto Over 'Six Piece' Vote

National Vision Party leader Nicholas Biwott has told off Jubilee Coalition presidential running mate William Ruto over his demand that voters in Rift Valley should ignore other parties and adopt the "six piece" voting pattern during the elections.

Biwott said Ruto should stop demeaning the popularity of his party and others which are fielding aspirants in the Rift Valley region against those from the URP and TNA.

"Ruto should stop the thinking that people in this region will still be swayed by political euphoria. He will be shocked come election time," said Biwott.

While addressing a Jubilee rally in Iten town, Ruto asked voters to ignore political parties like NVP which he described as village outfits with no popularity.

"Our Party has a national outlook and a large following unlike URP which they are shouting about", said Biwott who spoke during his campaigns in Elgeyo Marakwet yesterday.

While addressing the Jubilee rally in the county together with presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta last Friday, Ruto urged Biwott and retired president Moi to stay out of active politics and back Jubilee during the March 4 polls.

Yesterday Biwott said the electorate would would consider the development record for each of the aspirants before deciding who to back.

"My development record speaks for itself. The rural electrification in this county along with the education programmes are part of my achievements," said Biwott.

He spoke at Kapcherop and Chebororwa trading centres where he campaigned for his senate position where he is vying against lawyer Kipchumba Murkomen of URP.

Biwott said he would champion for splitting of large counties like Bungoma, Taita Taveta and Elgeyo-Marakwet which have more than two communities.

Others vying for the Senate position in the region include businessman Julius Cheptilil of Kenya National Congres (KNC), Tabitha Seii of Wiper party and former University lecturer Luke Chemwolo of ODM.

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