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Ruto headache over hot contest for Nandi governor’s seat

Dr Lagat while launching a post-harvest maize development project “Zuia Njaa na Gunia tano kwa kila Jamii” campaign in Kapsabet last week, said he was confident of flooring his opponents.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:21 EAT

The race for the Nandi governorship has attracted political bigwigs from the community and put deputy president William Ruto in a tight spot, unable to decide whom to back among top notch politicians out to depose incumbent Cleophas Lagat.

Nandi Senator Stephen Sang, former cabinet ministers Henry Kosgey and Felix Koskei, as well as Silas Kipruto, Tirop Koech, Alphonse Misoi, Daniel Koech, Barnabas Sang, Anderson Serem, Kiprotich Cherargei and Sowon Peter Maiyo have declared their interest in the seat.

As the Jubilee Party ticket will be hardly-fought, some of the aspirants might contest the seat as independent candidates. Supporters of Mr Kosgey have publicly discussed the possibility that the former minister could run as an independent candidate.

Of the big list of aspirants, four are seen as favourites including the incumbent, the two former ministers and the senator. Dr Lagat while launching a post-harvest maize development project “Zuia Njaa na Gunia tano kwa kila Jamii” campaign in Kapsabet last week, said he was confident of flooring his opponents.

Recognizing the pressure that Jubilee Party faces in settling on a candidate, DP Ruto assured the voters last month that the nominations would be free and fair. “We have no preferred candidates and voters will decide who will lead them. I will only seek votes for President Uhuru Kenyatta and myself,” he had said.

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