Top Stories / 2017 Elections
Friday, 30 Sep 2016 19:07 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Six candidates have announced their candidatures to square it out with Johana Ng’eno for Emurua Dikirr constituency in 2017 polls. The constituency was curved out of the larger Kilgoris constituency in 2013 and Ng’eno became the first MP.
Businessman David Keter alias ‘Dola Line’ who vied for the seat and emerged second is leading the group of six candidates lined up to challenge the incumbent. John Saitoti, an employee of the Postal Corporation of Kenya and a former councillor in the Trans Mara County Council Samuel Koech popularly known as ‘Mohammed’ are also in the race.
Others running for the seat include Ms. Cherotich Koiyan, a communication consultant in Nairobi, Paul Tonui who works with the Cooperative Bank, Weldon Mutai who works with a non-governmental organisation in Nairobi. Ms. Koiyan is the only female candidate in the race.
Mr Ng’eno has emerged as one of fiercest critics of Deputy President William Ruto and the DP's ally, Narok Governor Samuel Tunai. The MP has however stood his ground that he would be reelected expressing confidence owing to what he has done in initiating development in the constituency.
“I am sure that the people of Emurua Dikirr will re-elect me come the 2017 general elections. Let the doubting Thomases know that I will serve my second term in office due to my development records which include more schools, health centres and repaired roads.During my second term I will further improve what I have initiated”, he said.
Ng’eno declined to join Jubilee when URP merged and would defend his seat using the 2013 Presidential Candidate Peter Kenneth’s led Kenya National Congress Party, even though he is also a close associate of Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who also rebelled against DP Ruto and formed Chama Cha Mashinani.
However, the candidates who have declared to oppose him including Keter, Saitoti, Mutai, Tonui and Koiyan are set to square it out for the Jubilee Party ticket during nomination. Whoever wins will face Ng’eno and former councillor Koech who will be contesting on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party ticket.
The Jubilee candidates are campaigning on a platform that Ng’eno does not respect the Deputy President who is seen as the defacto leader of the Kalenjin Community. They also accuse him of fighting the Narok Governor Samuel Tunai.
It remains to be seen whether the MP will reclaim his seat after DP Ruto vowed to teach him a lesson and ensure that he does not see parliament in 2017. Local political observers predict that Ng’eno will retain his seat despite opposition from the Deputy President and the Narok Governor.
They base their argument on the outcome of the 2013 elections when Ng'eno won received 17,000 votes, 10,000 more than the tally of 7,000 for Dola Line, despite the strong support Dola got from Ruto and Tunai.