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Governor Tunai suffers blow as ODM rival poaches his staff as running mate

Left:Joseph Tiampati unveils his running mate,William Semeiyoi (right). [Photo:Robert Kiplagat,Standard]

The political showdown between incumbent Governor Samuel Tunai and his main rival, Joseph Tiampati, took a new turn on Wednesday when the latter picked a member of the incumbent’s staff to be his running mate.

Mr Tunai is expected to fight for his seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, while Mr Tiampati will be fighting to win the seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

Tiampati yesterday announced that William Semeiyoi, a former chief officer in charge of Labour and Disaster Management in Tunai’s administration, will be his running mate.

Tiampati, who had left many guessing who his possible running mate would be, said he had delayed naming his running mate to allow consultations.

“There have been many wanting to deputise me. That is why I took almost two years to name one,” he said.

He explained that a committee tasked with selecting his running mate had settled on Semeiyoi.

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“He brings in a wealth of experience in banking and administration that will help us transform this county,” said Tiampati.

Semeiyon, who comes from the governor’s Trans Mara backyard, has resigned from Tunai’s administration.

National Deputy Party Leader Christine Lemein and Woman Rep aspirant Rebecca Tonkei said Semeiyoi would boost Tiampati’s lineup.

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