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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Political storm hits Kuresoi South

A political storm could be blowing in Nakuru county’s Kuresoi South constituency even before the next general elections slated for 2017.
For one who is visiting the constituency for the first time, you would be forgiven to think that a parliamentary election campaign is underway and in the pipeline in a week’s time.
A flurry of activities has recently been ongoing in the former Internal Security ministry permanent secretary Zakayo Cheruiyot’s bastion and as a result, it has emerged that differences between him and his Nakuru deputy governor are far from over.
Indications are that the deputy governor Joseph Rutto who is said to be eyeing the Kuresoi South parliamentary seat in the next general elections is yet not ready to put down his interests to wait for the appropriate time to roll out.
Rutto has been under criticisms from a number of Nakuru county elected and opinion leaders that of late, he spends most of his time campaigning for the Kuresoi South seat instead of serving residents of Nakuru as their deputy governor.
“We hear our deputy governor is just campaigning and spreading fitina (malice) against his perceived main opponent in the constituency seat race he is  eyeing,” said a Nakuru county MCA who sought anonymity.
For months now relations between Cheruiyot and Rutto have been, to say the least, frosty.
This emerged after the deputy governor allegedly started showing interests in the Kuresoi South parliamentary seat, the aftermath of which the area MP started advising him in public forums to wait until the seat is declared vacant.
 Political observers say Rutto has depicted a bad picture in his home ground and as a result, compromising developments initiated by Cheruiyot.
A number of area residents, according to our survey, are in support of the MP as they accuse Rutto of using county resources in his local political campaigns for his personal gains.
They accuse the deputy governor of using Nakuru county government vehicles and his orderlies on weekends and holidays to intimidate residents.
But Rutto has since distanced himself from the blame, claiming that he is only escorted to his home area by his county official car and the other orderlies during official working days and only when necessary.
The two leaders come from the same village and have been schoolmates during their youthful days. Now daggers appear to have been drawn between the two and it will be interesting to see how they play it in the coming 2017 general elections.