Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has become one of the bigger casualties in the just concluded General Election, one pundits termed the toughest in Kenya’s history.
A long time ally of Deputy President William Ruto, with whom they formed URP that was key in propelling Uhuru Kenyatta to presidency in 2013, the county boss started a political fight with his namesake hoping to control the vote-rich Rift Valley and the Kalenjin community.
It was clear early in the tally on Wednesday that Ruto was losing to Sotik MP Joyce Laboso who put up a spirited fight with the blessings of DP Ruto. Residents from the region chose to stick with the Deputy President and teach the incumbent, who decided to support NASA, a lesson.
The DP openly asked them to send his nemesis home during Jubilee’s endless meetings in the area.
Residents listened to the more convincing Ruto and ignored the other’s mashinani [grassroots money through devolution] narrative. In his campaigns, the DP said his rivals were out to divide the Kalenjins.
Laboso overcame the Governor’s offensive in which he labelled her the Deputy President’s project and her decisive win could stop Rift Valley power tussles in its tracks.
At the time of writing this (Thursday, August 10 at 12.16pm), Laboso is still leading with 175,932 votes which is 67 per cent of the total votes.
Ruto is a distant second with 85,863 votes ( 32 per cent).