In Summary

  • Governor Mandago and the two MPs had openly hit out at officials at the Deputy President’s office who, they claimed, had come up with a list of preferred candidates.
  • The two MPs were categorical that being independent-minded should not be mistaken as being rebels or undermining anybody politically.

Uasin Gishu politicians perceived to have rebelled against Deputy President William Ruto are basking in glory after registering outright wins in the recent Jubilee Party nominations.

The four are Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and former Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny.

Mr Keter and Mr Sudi have gone on holiday on the coast after successful party primaries, saying the will of the people carried the day.

“The outcome of the polls has clearly shown that it is only the people who decide on the leaders they want.

"This is a wake-up call to Jubilee that wananchi do not like sycophants but people who talk on pertinent issues affecting them,” Mr Keter told the Nation by phone.

The two MPs were categorical that being independent-minded should not be mistaken as being rebels or undermining anybody politically.

PEOPLE’S WILL

“Our main agenda now is to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the North Rift as we focus on doing the same for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 bid,” said Mr Keter.

Mr Keter garnered 19,734 votes against Emmanuel Tallam's 5,620 votes. Mr Tallam was a communications director at the deputy president's office

Mr Sudi received 15,864 votes to beat his challenger Steve Kewa in Kapseret. Mr Kewa was second with 8,831 votes.

“At least the results reflected the will of the people. The voters spoke loudly,” said Mr Sudi.

Mr Sudi, Mr Keter and Governor Jackson Mandago had claimed in the run-up to the party primaries that there was a plot to rig them out in the party primaries.

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