In Summary
  • Those leaving the DP’s camp  blame his close allies, accusing them of arrogance and disrespect.

  • "I like the way Gideon Moi is doing his business. He does not insult anyone," said Governor Alex Tolgos.

  • He joins other leaders including Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei, MPs Sila Tiren (Moiben), Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) who have recently shifted.

Deputy President William Ruto has lost yet another key supporter in Rift Valley to his nemesis, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, as the supremacy battle between the two political big wigs intensifies ahead of the 2022 elections.

Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos became the latest senior politician to leave the DP’s team in search for a more “accommodating” camp.

DISRESPECT

He joins other leaders including Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei, MPs Sila Tiren (Moiben), Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) who have recently shifted camp and are considered to have a soft spot for the Kanu leader.

Last week influential Uasin Gishu politician Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop, commonly referred to as Buzeki, also ditched the Ruto camp citing frustration by those close to the DP.

Although he is yet to declare his next destination, there are rumours that he could join Chama Cha Mashinani led by former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto. The former governor is a close political ally of Mr Moi and the duo worked closely in the last polls. Both Mr Ruto and Mr Moi regard the Rift Valley as their political bastion and have been keen to control it for more bargaining power in the 2022 polls. The two political stalwarts are interested in the presidency in the next elections and both have strong financial muscle.

Those leaving the DP's camp are blaming his close allies, accusing them of arrogance and disrespect.

They accuse Dr Ruto allies, including Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and Mr Farouk Kibet, the DP’s powerful aide, of treating them with disdain and failing to appreciate their positions and the influence they wield in the region.

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