Who will get it right on Monday when Kericho votes?


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Jubilee brigade addressing Kericho resident during a rally to drum support for Aaron Cheruiyot. [Photo/DDPS]

The curtains come down on Kericho Senate contest Saturday with the two leading horses; Jubilee party and KANU combing various villages in search of votes for their respective candidates.

Deputy President William Ruto will lead the Jubilee party’s final submissions at the historic Kapkatet Grounds while the KANU top brass and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto will be at Kericho Green Stadium to sum up the Paul Sang’s campaigns.

On Friday, both KANU and Jubilee held more than ten rallies each in a bid to woo as many voters as possible as the campaigns hit fever pitch.

The Jubilee camp was split into three groups led by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, who is the immediate former Senator, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

The groups held separate rallies as well as door-to-door campaigns in an effort to help the Jubilee party retain the seat it considers important and defining ahead of the 2017 General Elections.

On the other hand, KANU was split into four camps led by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, Emmurua Dikir MP Johana Ng’eno, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat, and MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and Alfred Keter (Nandi).

The Monday’s by-elections are seen as Deputy President William Ruto’s litmus test of his dominance in the vote rich Rift Valley region.

On the other hand, the Jubilee rebels are out to prove that the DP has lost command of the region.

The Kericho Senate seat fell vacant following the appointment of Charles Keter to the government as the Cabinet Secretary for Energy.

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