Mr Buzeki however insists he was rigged out as the governor’s votes in many polling stations far outnumbered those of other aspirants.

Mr Mandago has always defended himself against accusations that he is tribal, saying he had members from all communities in his Cabinet.

However, last week Friday he made remarks directed at communities he claimed were working towards his ouster.

“We will count the first 100 votes and if we see that they have gone to our rival then we will tell our supporters to vote elsewhere.

"It is not a must that we are in the government,” Mr Mandago said without elaborating how votes locked in a ballot box would be counted before polling stations are closed.

The remarks were echoed by two other MPs: Alfred Keter (Nandi Hill) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), who are close allies of the governor.

However, in an attempt to quell the tensions, the DP held a two-hour closed meeting on Tuesday night with all Jubilee aspirants from Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties at Boma Hotel in Eldoret Town, where he spoke firmly against leaders fuelling animosity in the region ahead of the August 8 General Election.

Mr Ruto is said to have cautioned the leaders against making reckless remarks likely to breach peace in the area ahead of the August 8 polls.

He is said to have been particular about the conduct of politicians from Uasin Gishu County.

“Leaders must be leaders in all aspects. We do not expect divisive remarks from any person calling themselves a leader. I come from Uasin Gishu and you must respect that. You cannot go around talking as if you are not leaders,” the DP told them.

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