By Derrick Kiplagat
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi says KANU will not join the Jubilee Alliance Party. Moi, who is also KANU chairman, asked Deputy President William Ruto to keep off his party’s affairs in the Rift Valley region.
During a fundraiser at Kalya Primary School in West Pokot County on Friday, Mr. Moi was involved in a verbal confrontation with Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in the wake of a bitter rivalry between him and the Jubilee Alliance.
The Baringo Senator has been involved in confrontations with the DP Ruto and his allies in his quest to revive KANU’s dominance in the Rift Valley region. Mr. Moi is perceived to be capitalizing on the division in Mr. Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) in the South Rift region, coupled with the confusion growing in the formation of Jubilee Alliance Party, to rebuild KANU’s popularity.
Saturday’s suspension of several key allies of the Deputy President over graft allegations, appears to be a shot on the arm for Moi as he continues to seek support for his 2017 Presidential bid. Speaking in West Pokot, Moi told the Deputy to either shut up or respect KANU. On the other hand, speaking on the same rally, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen played down Mr. Moi’s Presidential ambitions.
Moi, however, told Mr. Murkomen that his efforts to play down KANU’s re-emergence was an exercise in futility.
“Go and report to your master that I have not spoken yet and when I speak, it will be unstoppable,” Moi told Murkomen.
“I toured Kericho, Nandi and Uasin Gishu and heard that wananchi, particularly farmers, were suffering and when I spoke about the plight of the desperate farmers, the DP and his allies read politics and started making noise,” he said.