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Sunday, 12 April 2015

More aspirants gun for Kericho county

As 2017 general elections approaches, Kericho county governor seat aspirants are increasing day by day.
Those who have come out in the open includeFranklin Bett while Benjamin Langat and former Kipkelion MP Magerer Langat.
All will be challenging Paul Chepkwony who is yet to make a mark in the county.
Bett declared early this year that he was going for the seat come 2017 while Langat who is the Ainamoi MP is among those whose names are being mentioned.
The former Kipkelion MP is also another strong candidate whose name is being mentioned and residents have been claiming that they were given a raw deal in the county top leadership.
Magerer is likely to cause a storm as he is believed to enjoy a huge following in the two constituencies of Kipkelion.
A source close to him hinted that Magerer is being pushed to go for the seat because Kipkelion has a big voting block and has the swing vote on who will win the governor seat.
The governor is a resident of Ainamoi and the deputy governor Susan Kikwai is from Kipkelion.
County women MP Helen Chepkwony is from Bureti while Senator Charles Keter is from Belgut.
If that is to be taken seriously then Magerer may stand a chance in the next elections as Kipkelion residents believe that they have been sidelined.
The number may go up but those likely to feature prominent will be Bett, Magerer and Chepkwony who will be defending the seat.
Bureti is likely to produce women representative or deputy governor in the arrangement while Belgut will retain senate on condition that Keter does not go for a higher government slot.
Others say that in a situation that Keter is elevated to cabinet secretary then Magerer or former Bureti MP Paul Sang may go for the senate seat.
Keter who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto is being mentioned for a cabinet position when the government replaces the suspended cabinet secretaries.