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Rift Valley leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have softened their hard-line stance against the Building Bridges Initiative as North Rift counties prepare for a meeting in Nakuru.

The leaders have agreed to host former premier Raila Odinga and welcome any other leader who wants to attend the meeting slated for March 21 at Afraha Stadium.

On Friday night under the leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the leaders backed down on their demands and pledged to cooperate.

Addressing journalists outside the governor’s private office at Milimani estate, the leaders pledged not to make remarks that could cause chaos in the region considered Ruto’s political turf.

Leaders present where Senators Susan Kihika and Victor Prengei, MPs Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Charity Kathambi (Njoro), Sammy Seroney (Nominated), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Joseph Tonui (Kuresoi South) and Woman Rep Liza Chelule.

The legislators vowed to present a united front at the rally which will incorporate 10 other counties from the Rift Valley region.

And in North Rift, Turkana, West Pokot, and Uasin Gishu counties held consultative forums and agreed to attend the meeting and put forward their communities’ recommendations to the Senator Yusuf Haji-led team. In Turkana, the locals opposed proposals on the allocation of revenue based on the principle of ‘one person, one vote, one shilling’ and formation of regional governments, warning that the move would reverse devolution gains.

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