Nasa leaders take vote hunt to Bomet

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) team, led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga with his co-principals will be in Bomet today in a vote hunting mission ahead of the August 8 polls.

The team will be hosted by Bomet governor Isaac Ruto who is among the Nasa Co-principals at the Bomet green stadium.

The rally comes two weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were in the region to seek for votes from the county residents.

In today’s rally,  Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto are set to be installed as Kipsigis elders.

BOOST IMAGE

Kipsigis Clans Association chairman Joseph Kimeto is expected to preside over the ceremony.

Sources privy to the plans say the ceremony is meant to boost the image of the governor in his quest to defend his seat.

Mr Ruto is battling for the governor seat with Jubilee Party nominee Dr Joyce Laboso.

The move to hold an installation ceremony has been opposed  by the  Kalenjin Myoot Council of elders.

The Kipsigis Myoot Council of Elders, retired Bishop of Africa Gospel Church,  Paul Leleito  dismissed the move as political adding that it is only his team that has a mandate to install elders of the community and not the council of elders.

DISMISS PLANS

While speaking to the press, Bishop Leleito said “for one to be installed as an elder of the community there are  many qualities to be looked at  before this is done and we doubt whether the clan association has considered them”.

Bishop Leleito pointed out that it was only the historical stadium of Kapkatet  in the neighbouring Kericho County where such  installation ceremonies  are done for elders.

He asked the residents to ignore what will take place saying it does not have the approval of the bona fide elders.

“We recognise the deputy president  William Ruto  as the Kalenjin king pin and not any other  and any sinister motives to topple him from the slot is unacceptable,” the Bishop said.

MCAs Julius Korir (Kembu ward) and his Kapletundo counterpart Bernard Ngeno have also dismissed the elders intended plans to install the governor saying  he does not merit it.

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