More politicians eye Raymond Moi’s Rongai parliamentary seat

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What you need to know:

  • Another aspirant Elijah Kipkoech Biwott arap Tallam said Raymond is only interested in protecting family name.
  • Mr Andrew Nyabuto, a political analyst, said Raymond will be the man to beat as he enjoys support across all communities in Rongai.

The number of politicians seeking to dislodge Rongai MP Raymond Moi in the 2022 general elections is increasing.

The Kanu legislator has sent mixed signals and it is not yet clear whether he will defend the seat as President Uhuru Kenyatta succession politics gathers momentum.

His younger brother Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who is the Kanu chairman, is one of the politicians expected to succeed President Kenyatta in 2022.

If Gideon vies for the country’s top seat, Raymond has hinted that he will decide whether to go for the Baringo senate or governor’s seat.

Former Baringo County Executive Committee in charge of Trade Kipchumba Keitany, who is also eying the seat, said Raymond’s statement was the last like kicks of a dying horse.

“This is an indicator of the last kicks of a dying political horse,” said Mr Keitany.

Deputy President William Ruto’s key ally in Rongai, Andrew Kibet Komen popularly known as “Rongai Hustler” who gave Raymond a good run for his money in the 2017 elections, said the sitting MP has been banking on his father’s sympathy votes for 10 years.

“Rongai people are now tired of dynasty and want change,” said Mr Kibet.

Another aspirant Elijah Kipkoech Biwott arap Tallam said Raymond is only interested in protecting family name.

“Rongai people want an MP who can work closely with locals and not an MP with a big man syndrome who is not ready to lobby for goodies and appointments from the national government,” said Mr Kipkoech.

He added: “Kabarak has a constant supply of water, why has he refused to use his position to make sure other areas neighbouring his father’s farm has water?” posed Mr Kipkoech.

Ms Gladys Kamuren who vied for the Nakuru County Woman Representative seat on Chama Cha Mashinani but has since shifted her political allegiance to Jubilee said: “We must do away with these sons of dynasties once and for all.”

Mr Andrew Nyabuto, a political analyst, said Raymond will be the man to beat as he enjoys support across all communities in Rongai.

“Raymond comes from Moi family which is a political brand name with massive financial backing and if you add his political scheming and networking, he has an advantage over his opponents,” Mr Nyabuto told the Nation.

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