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Ruto allies vow not to reconcile with Raila

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    The Standard

    Suspended Higher Education[​IMG] Minister William Ruto has no plans to mend fences with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his allies say.
    Six rebel ODM Members of Parliament said their alliance with Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was intact contrary to recent reports that the political marriage was on the rocks.
    MPs Charles Keter, Isaac Ruto, Joshua Kutuny, David Koech, Peris Simam and Elijah Lagat maintained that Ruto would go it alone for the presidency.
    "Those claiming that we are warming up to Raila are day dreaming. Our people will not forgive us if we made such a move. That will be the last thing we will do," Kutuny said.
    "It is very absurd for people to sit down and churn out such imaginary stories. We know they are emanating from an interested corner," he said.
    The Cherengany MP said Ruto and Uhuru have not been holding joint public rallies because of the International Criminal Court orders.

    Backing leaders
    Ruto said claims that Rift Valley leaders were seeking to have the Eldoret North MP to be Raila’s running mate were far-fetched and should be dismissed.
    "It is not in question that Ruto is running for the presidency and those claiming that he is seeking to be anyone’s running mate is mistaken," Ruto said. "People should realise that when we say we are working with Uhuru it does not mean that we have joined Kanu or that he has joined us in UDM. They are two different things," said the Chepalungu MP.
    Mr Ruto distanced the group from leadership wrangles in the Orange party and the relationship between Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Raila.