This electioneering period, which culminated in the Tuesday, August 8 polls, was like no other in as far as heat levels go.
Politicians did all that is possible under the sun to outshine and outsmart their rivals whether in strategy or otherwise.
Others, the incumbents that is, were fighting for survival lest the chipukizis bundle them out of their seats to political oblivion.
Case in point is a name that has been making waves for the past few years more so because of his run ins with the Deputy President William Ruto.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has been on the rampage since the 2013 elections when he set out on a war path that saw him consistently trading verbal jabs with his namesake in what many pundits reckoned were supremacy wars in the Rift Valley. The DP is seen as the Kalenjin political king.
So word has it that DP Ruto who is focused on inheriting presidency from his boss Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, made it his business to extinguish the Chama Cha Mashinani leader’s ambitions. He sponsored Joyce Laboso to unseat the incumbent Governor.
Sensing defeat, social media has it, the charismatic county boss drew out a plan to save his political career by siding with Nasa where he was made the fifth co-principal, a position that came with goodies but if the Opposition took over power after the polls.
But lo and behold! as things stand, his multi-bet, a term Kenyans refer to his ingenious strategy, seems to be collapsing. Fast.
At the time of going to press Laboso is leading the gubernatorial race in Bomet County with 103,846 votes against his 48,454. But hey, he still has Nasa to cling to, right? Wrong.. Uhuru has stretched his lead against Raila to more than one million votes.