– The Elgeyo Marakwet senator told his Baringo counterpart not to expect votes from Rift Valley
– The Baringo senator had declared he will face off with William Ruto in 2022 presidential contest
– Gideon shelved his presidential ambition to support Uhuru Kenyatta both in 2013 and 2017
– It is understood Gideon supported Uhuru hoping he will return the favour when the right time comes
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen can be ruthless in his criticism of other politicians, but his recent attack on Baringo Senator Gideon Moi may have gone a little too far.
The vocal Jubilee politician left many speechless when he openly told Gideon not to expect votes from the Rift Valley region just because he is retired president Daniel arap Moi’s son.
Speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony in Bureti Constituency, Kericho County, on Saturday, April 14, Murkomen claimed Gideon had not built even a toilet in his county and was only hoping to ride on his father’s achievements to gain support.
“Kuna wengine hata hawajajenga choo, na wakiulizwa wanasema baba yangu alifanya. Hatupigii babako kura, tunakupigia wewe (there are those who have not built even a toilet, but when asked they say my father did it. We are not voting for your dad…,” Murkomen said in Swahili in front of Deputy President William Ruto.
While endorsing Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, the Elgeyo Marakwet senator said it is God who chooses leaders and not people.
“Even when the Israelites were looking for a leader, people saw David and said he was just a boy looking after his father’s sheep. But God still chose David,” he said.
The Elgeyo Marakwet senator had accompanied DP Ruto and other high profile politicians to the homecoming party of Bureti MP Japheth Tanui.
His scathing criticism of the Baringo senator came a few days after Moi declared he was going to run for the presidency in 2022.
Senator Gideon, who doubles as the chairman of KANU party, on April 8, 2018, officially announced he will be in the race in 2022.
Exposeke.com understands the Baringo senator will be expecting President Uhuru Kenyatta to throw his weight behind him.
Though he shelved his presidential ambitions to support Uhuru both in 2013 and 2017, Uhuru’s endorsement cannot be guaranteed because the president had promised to back his deputy, Ruto.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s surprise meeting with retired president Moi on April 12, 2018, following peace deal with Uhuru on March 9, 2018, has further complicated the 2022 political equation.
Some political pundits claim Uhuru and Raila could be plotting to stop Ruto from transcending to the top office.For Verified Information and News, look for EXPOSEKE.com, hit the bell button to subscribe for updates, to reach our support team, contact us here