Kenya African National Union (KANU) has suffered a major setback following revolt from trusted lieutenants in Baringo County to Party of Development and Reforms (PDR) over the awarding of certificates. Led by Baringo North parliamentary hopeful Joseph Makilap who was forced to decamp out of the cockerel party after his opponent Dr,Nelly Yatich was given a direct
Kenya African National Union (KANU) has suffered a major setback following revolt from trusted lieutenants in Baringo County to Party of Development and Reforms (PDR) over the awarding of certificates.
Led by Baringo North parliamentary hopeful Joseph Makilap who was forced to decamp out of the cockerel party after his opponent Dr,Nelly Yatich was given a direct nomination questioning how the party arrived at giving Dr.Yatich the certificate which he deserved.
“It is still a shock to me that KANU which I have been loyal to and worked diligently since 2013 denied me the certificate which I deserved. After several meetings of consensus with my opponent which hit a snack I decided to bolt out to join PDR which I will use to vie for Baringo North parliamentary seat,” said Makilap who was endorsed on Saturday at a Kabarnet hotel by over 1,000 supporters among them Arror elders to vie using the party.
Disgruntled Makilap promised for a tough battle a head saying he will face off his competitors with intention to secure the seat using the party which is new in the region lashing at KANU which is being run by cartels who dish out certificates to their preferred candidates.
“KANU lacks structures to run their affairs where some individuals decide who is given certificates. However, it wouldn’t deter me from following my path I had chosen to secure my people from jaws of poverty and unending insecurity. I urge the people of Baringo North to support in this course,” said Makilap.
The party had shied away from holding nominations but resolved to consensus among aspirants which backfired since preferred candidates already had secured the nomination certificates locking out others. Dr. Nelly Yatich and Noah Chepkech who are vying for Baringo North and Mogotio constituencies received the certificates to vie for the seats.
Confirming the awarding of the certificates to the duo Baringo County returning officer for the primaries that were held on Saturday in Baringo central only members for county assembly, Richard Mukolwe said the party had given room for consensus that led to the two given nod to be flag bearers of the party.
Four other MCA aspirants who defected the cockrel party are Silas Kwonyike (Barwesa Ward), Mathew Chebet (Bartabwa Ward), Zachariah Kipkuto (Sacho Ward) and Vincent Kiror (Saimo/Kipsaraman ward)
The fall out puts re-election of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi in the balance after defection of Makilap who was a close ally to Moi and now supporting former Betting boss Simion Chelugui who won Jubilee party primaries recently for senate seat.
“I am warning Gideon that the writings are on the wall that he has lost ground and clinching the seat will be a hard nut to crack,” further added Makilap.
At the same time Saimo Kipsaraman MCA Vincent Kiror who was also affiliated to KANU party said that he has moved out of the party due to mistreatment saying if Moi was not able to handle party affairs well even the presidency will be a pipe dream.
Col. Moses Kwonyike who bolted out KANU and joined National Super Alliance (NASA) and Sammy Chelang’a of Maendeleo Chap Chap will be battling out for Baringo North parliamentary seat.