Deputy President William Ruto has received lashing by rebellious leaders in the Rift Valley, following a political move in the hotspot Baringo county.
The DP recently hosted a delegation at his Sugoi home where he openly endorsed Betting and Licensing Control Board member Simon Chelugui to vie in the Baringo county Senatorial race.
This is important because it means Chelugui is now working to unseat Senator Gideon Moi in this year’s General Election set for August 8, with the blessings of the latter’s number one rival.
It’s not news that Moi and Ruto don’t see eye to eye, their political rivalry has played out immensely in the recent past even as the battle for Rift Valley kingship continues to take shape.
The meddling by Ruto in Moi’s backyard led to aspirants Eric Bett (KANU) and Amos Olempaka (ODM) issuing warning to the DP against imposing leaders on the people.
“We condemn anyone who think they can give us a line up of people to be elected. People of Baringo know who to elect and who to neglect,” Bett told journalists in Kabarnet on Friday, January 6.
It was widely believed that Chelugui would run in the race for Baringo Governor as indicated by him but the leaders suspect he had been made to change his mind by Ruto because of Moi.
According to Olempaka, DP William Ruto recent visits to Baringo county are suspect.
“Ruto has been visiting Baringo and Bomet Counties, unfortunately it has clearly been revealed that he is doing it for his own personal interests and not for the interest of the people,” he noted.
It seems like the rebellion Ruto is facing in the Rift especially from Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Moi won’t be receding any time soon.