By Peter Mutai and Edwin Makiche
The two presidential aspirants were speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Myoot Kalenjin Council of Elders leader Joseah Sang at Kapkatet Stadium in Buret. MPs allied to Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) and ODM attended the function.
Kalonzo said time was ripe for the two leaders to enter into a political alliance in readiness for the polls on March 4. He said time was running out and they risked losing to their competitors.
Kalonzo opined that he, Ruto, together with other leaders will form a coalition that will ensure their team wins at the first round.
“We want to form an alliance with Ruto’s URP so that we take over power next year. The time for that arrangement is now,” Kalonzo said.
Kalonzo said he was rooting for a political alliance with the Eldoret North MP. He added he does not want to enter into any political deal that would be formed on the basis of using others to acquire power.
The two leaders, however, differed on the timing of the coalition with Kalonzo preferring a pre-election agreement. Ruto rooted for a post-election arrangement.
Ruto said it was wise for the two presidential aspirants to form a coalition after the General Election.
“We want all our friends to solidify their support base and look for friends across the country ahead of the polls so that we can form an alliance after the polls,” he said.
Ruto noted that his alliance with Kalonzo would help unify the country and form a strong government.
Ruto called on Sang to work with other elders from other communities in preaching peace and uniting Kenyans.
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