CCM ready to sign agreement with UDA, Isaac Ruto says
Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party Isaac Ruto has said his party is ready to sign a coalition agreement with Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the run-up to the August polls.
Ruto, however, stated that they are yet to agree on how to do it and that they have no preconditions in place to be met.
“As CCM party, we want to say we are ready to sign an agreement with UDA if it is what the registrar of political parties wants but we do not have any preconditions that must be delivered to us first so that we can enter into agreement with it,” he stated.
He added: “What we have only agreed on is that as a CCM they will support UDA’s presidential candidate Ruto in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.”
Ruto spoke when he met CCM aspirants from the South rift region at a Bomet hotel.
In his address, the former Bomet governor sought to assure the aspirants that the nomination exercise will be free and fair, adding they are yet to set dates for conducting it.
At the same time, Ruto pointed out that the move by the government to amend the electoral laws that seeks to ban live coverage of election results was in good faith only if it will help in addressing past hitches.
He argued that the 2017 general election was marred by irregularities as a result of live streaming by some television stations.
“We are opposed to this method where results are transmitted through the servers because they have not even opened the servers for the last election, if we had hard copies it would have been better,” he argued.
He claimed IEBC servers were greatly interfered with hence interfering with the credibility of the process.