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Sunday, 2 November 2014


Four members of Nandi county assembly sympathetic to Deputy President William Ruto have been dropped from leadership of county assembly committees following a stormy daylong session that almost culminated into a fistfight.
The quartet has been at loggerheads with their colleagues for campaigning against the Pesa Mashinani drive by the Governors Forum. Among the casualties are Orthodox Church clergy Thomas Maritim whose labour committee was disbanded and merged with that of sports and athletics, Kilibwoni ward rep Mark George who was demoted from chairman of trade, tourism and cooperative committee to a deputy, Kabisaga ward rep Baruch Suge who was switched from the justice and legal affairs committee and Kipkirui Chepkwony who was shown the door following longstanding differences with the assembly members. They are among 15 members in the 50 member assembly who worked round the clock in dissuading their colleagues from the push against a referendum.
Suge’s political takeoff was stifled by a by-election last year after an election loser moved to court in attempt to overturn his election by citing irregularities while an assembly member who did not want to reveal much said that Chepkwony had to endure the wrath of assembly members after he pocketed some lunch money donated by Ruto sometimes back when he visited Chemise location for a school and church fundraisers.
The anonymous assembly member claimed that Chepkwony had displayed arrogance by belittling fellow members because of his education and proximity to national leadership. According to the effected changes, Nobert Maiyo from Sang’alo ward replaces Chepkwony as the new chairman of health committee, Daniel Maiyo will chair the education committee after dislodging Julius Menjo who has been relegated to a newly formed but less lucrative committee on records and library while celebrated track star Amos Korir will chair lands committee as Koyo Ndurio assembly member Ng’etich will chair committee on equal opportunities. Chepkwony was retained as an ordinary committee member but slightly appeased by being elected the chairman of newly formed broadcast and media committee as a consolation. United democratic forum nominated member Consolata Rop was elected education committee vice chair, nominated member Kiptoo Koros was elected as the new justice and legal affairs committee to replace Suge who stormed out of the assembly after he was defeated. Assembly speaker who had some days before the rearrangement opposed to the changes was threatened with impeachment from a section of members who keen on reshuffle.