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Hundreds in Bomet write to registrar on claims of being duped to join Rutto’s CCM

At least 200 residents of Kugunoi village, Bomet county want their names to be struck off Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party roll.

The group wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties that they were duped into joining the Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto’s party.

They claimed that the party’s agents, purporting to be Ministry of Social Services officials, asked for their IDs and promised them cash.

The lot told the press after a meeting on Monday that they only learned later that they were being listed as members of the Mashinani party.

Kimutai Langat, one of those affected, said they are so dismayed by what the said officials – said to be working at the county – did to them.

“How can you seize IDs from unsuspecting old people for a meager Sh500 only to use it for other purposes?” Langat asked.

He said that their freedom to take part in the election of a preferred candidate during nominations may be hindered.

Langat asked the government to take action on the particular individuals deceiving residents and also help them get de-registered from CCM.

“We want security agencies to take up the matter and get to the root of this matter,” Langat, speaking on behalf of the group, said.

“We only learned of the registration when the IDs were returned to us,” he said, further stating that they fully back the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The group said they are ready to vote for the candidates seeking various seats in the region on the Jubilee Party ticket.

David Sang, CCM secretary general, rubbished the claims as “mere propaganda being peddled by Jubilee to stop them from registering members”.

Sang said: All those who had been registered into the party willingly surrendered copies of their IDs, hence were at no time coerced to do so,”

The accusations come at a time Governor Rutto has pronounced that they have listed more than 100,000 members.

It had on January 30 said that they target 180,000 members by the end of the this week.

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