Kwanza Poll: Ruto promises losers jobs

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President William Ruto, and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua yesterday met with Kenya Kwanza poll losers at State House in Nairobi, where Ruto promised them appointments.

The meeting was attended by about 50 members of the coalition who lost in the August 9 General Election. The leaders were promised appointments as parastatal heads, board membership to state corporations and Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS).

The leaders who attended the meeting were former Kakamega Senator Cleopas Malala and former Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who unsuccessfully vied for Kakamega and Trans Nzoia governorship respectively.

Others were former MPs Benjamin Washiali, Charles Njagua, Kimani Ngunjiri, Kate Waruguru, Isaac Mwaura, Caleb Kositany and former Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga among others.

Washiali, the long-serving Mumias East MP who did not defend his seat said the meeting was a chat between old friends.

“The common factor among the attendees was that they are all part of Kenya Kwanza coalition and they were sitting MPs but are currently out,” the former MP said.

“We came out of the meeting assured that we have not been forgotten. The president and his deputy have met with the elected members of the coalition and they felt it was time to meet us too,” he added.

Washiali said that while the meeting was informal, a reunion of old friends, the discussion ventured to the possibility of some of them being appointed as CAS should the court decide the matter favourably.

Meanwhile, this week marks 100 days in office of President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza administration.