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Gideon Moi surrenders to DP Ruto

Jackson O'Mogeni
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Gideon Moi (left) greeting DP William Ruto. KANU will not field candidate in Baringo South. [Photo/Courtesy]

Independence party Kanu will after all not field a candidate in the much anticipated Baringo South by-election that was precipitated by the death of Grace Kipchoim.

On Sunday, DP William Ruto raided the Gideon Moi led party after persuading Kanu's Charles Kamuren to join Jubilee.

Kameren, who closely came second to Kipchoim in 2017 polls had contested on a Kanu ticket and Mr. Moi had reportedly prepared to back him in the impending by-election.

"I am happy that today I have joined Jubilee. We have realised that Jubilee is committed to peace and stability to the country," he said.

And the last minute turn out of events left Kanu stranded thus spoiling Gideon Moi's plan with Tiaty MP William Kamket conceding that the party will not field any candidate.

"Our candidate ditched the party without notice and we have to live with that. I do not see a scenario of fielding another candidate."

The by-election was expected to reignite rivalry between Ruto and Moi in a region that is perceived to be a Kanu stronghold.

In August, Moi did not support Kamuren, who has since won Jubilee ticket ahead of the contest, due to his close relationship with Ms. Kipchoim who died in April.

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