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Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru skirts around leaving Jubilee Party, says his focus is the passing of the County Grants Bill

After a week of speculation over his alleged defection from the Jubilee Party, Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru emerged yesterday but ended up adding more fuel to the fire after declining to comment on the issue.

Speaking to News Today on Sunday, Kibiru who was elected Senator in 2017 as an independent candidate was even more cryptic when he said ”performs best as an independent.”

Kibiru who was reported last week as having left the ruling Jubilee Party for UDA declined to confirm or deny the move saying his main focus was the passing f the County Grants Bill.

He said as the chairman of the Mediation Committee in the Senate his aim was to see the Counties get an additional Sh 33billion as conditional and non-conditional grants.

“Iam busy lobbying to pass an increment of shareable revenue from Sh 370billion to Sh 485billion which is a Sh125billion increase and where Kirinyaga County will get an extra Sh 1.8billion. This is my current focus,” said Kibiru.

Kibiru however said he was firmly in the Kirinyaga gubernatorial race and warned his opponents to prepare for a bruising battle.

He left friends and foes confused when media reports indicated that he had decamped from the Jubilee Party to UDA citing mistreatment and was expected to be received by DP William Ruto on Monday morning at Karen.

UDA have been relentless in wooing the Senator to their side even though his defection to the wheelbarrow party would cause a major upset in Kirinyaga County politics.

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