Governor Rutto skips Bomet thanksgiving over DP acquital at ICC


Bomet celebrationPolitical showdown between National Assembly deputy speaker Joyce Laboso and the National water conservation and Pipeline Corporation Julius Kones played out on Wednesday at Bomet stadium during the celebrations over the acquittal of Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang at the ICC.

The duo who shared the same podium were meeting for the first time since they declared interests for the Bomet gubernatorial seat in the 2017 general elections.

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It all started when Kones reaffirmed his stance that he would be coming to seek for votes from the electorates when time comes on the Jubilee ticket and the party had no preferred candidate for the position.

“I soon be coming to seek for the votes from you in the Jubilee party as you all know I will running for the governorship seat but we would like to make it clear is that Jubilee has not identified anyone for the seat. It is up for grabs,” Kones said.

The former Konoin MP who lost to incumbent governor Rutto in the last election told off a section of the crowd who were shouting the name of Laboso for the seat and told them to stop pretending as if an individual had been anointed for the seat.

“Whoever will be nominated by the Jubilee Alliance Party for the seat ahead of the general election will be the torch bearer and people should hold their horses till then,” he stated.

When Laboso took to the stage she also stated that she had not relented in her quest to be the next governor.

She reminded the jubilant crowd that meeting was purely thanks giving session and not a political contest.

“Today we have come here to thank our Lord for having answered our prayers and nothing else and when that time comes we shall come to you people,” she said.

Bomet governor Isaac Rutto was conspicuously absent during the meeting.

Tonui and Lesan thanked the president for standing with his Deputy throughout the trial period saying this clearly indicated that he had trust in him.

“As the Kalenjin people we should unite and refuse to be divided by some self centered individuals. We support our President and his Deputy and in 2017 we shall vote for them again,” Tonui said.

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