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Governor Tunai looms large as Narok women rep race goes down to the wire

The Lydia-Soipan battle is expected to go down to the wire, as both are in Jubilee coalition enjoying the support of President Uhuru and deputy president William Ruto respectively.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 10 Nov 2016 20:18 EAT

The appointment of Narok women representative Roselinda Soipan Kudate Tuya as a coordinator of Jubilee Party affairs in the county has boosted the MP's standing in the ruling coalition at a time when other aspirants were emerging to oust her. Among the aspirants are Lydia Masikonde Ntimama, daughter of former cabinet minister William Ntimama, who until his death in August was the Maasai kingpin.

Lydia contested the seat in 2013 under the ODM party but failed along with her father. Other contenders who have emerged so far are Josephine Isele Kuluo and Eunice Saoina Marima, the former who also contested in 2013 along with Agnes Mantaine Pareyio, Agnes Nailantei Shonko, Soipan, Lydia and Janet Seenoi Nchoko.

Governor Samuel Tunai, who is facing re-election, will also further boost Soipan's chances as the two will run in a joint ticket. It is widely believed that Governor Tunai has decided on allying himself with the lawyer in order to fend off a stiff challenge from the camp championed by Senator Stephen ole Ntutu, whose younger brother David ole Natutu (who is MP for Narok West) will seek to oust Tunai.

Governor Tunai, in defence of his current line-up, has said newcomers to the position should be contented "peepping through the window" to see the inside of power. The Senator's lineup include Lydia Ntimama. Soipan's appointment to the top Jubilee job was announced while she was in Narok Town presenting her score-card as Narok County MP over the last four years. She was accompanied by other women MPs Rachel Shebesh, senator Beatrice Elachi of Nairobi, Cecily Mbarire of Runyenjes, Sarah Korere of Laikipia and Regina Ndambuki of Kilome, among local women leaders.

The Lydia-Soipan battle is expected to go down to the wire, as both are in Jubilee coalition enjoying the support of President Uhuru and deputy president William Ruto respectively.

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