By Brian Rono
Moi University’s Former student activist Leads against Franklin Bett In Kericho senatorial contest.
Political heat is gaining ground in the South Rift region as Kericho senatorial contest gains momentum.
Candidates who have registered to vie for the seat are hitting ground deep into villages and market centers as they try to win the souls into their camp during the Jubilee’s party nomination exercise that is slated to take place on Saturday.
Among the top contenders fighting it out is a former minister in Kibaki government, Franklin Bett, former ODM director Magerer Langat, Festus Kirui, Joel Kirui and another top contender Aaron Cheruiyot.
Cheruiyot is a former student activist in Moi University and is being taunted for a win by majority of the youth in the area despite the fact that he is not a favourite to the jubilee administration who have pitched camp for Franklin Bett.
Many youthful legislators were able to capture seats during the 2013 general elections when they locked horns with ODM bigwigs in the area and flopped some top and wealthy politicians who had sticked to ODM and KANU.
Cheriuyot is amassing support from the largely youthful residents who are bracing him for the seat. Former Moi university supporters have staged an online campaigning a move to make a thorough online campaign for him whom they think is one of their own.
Franklin Bett has some political experience on the Kericho faction having been a contender in the 2013 general election where he lost to the URP’s heavy weight of the likes of the newly appointed cabinet secretary for energy Charles Keter.
Magerer Langat is said to be weakling in the by election especially bearing in mind he campaigned so much against the Jubilee administration in the last general election where he had been appointed as the ODM’s point man in the area.
Signs are indicating that their will barely be an ODM candidate in the election where Jubilee’s KANU and the newly formed Jubilee Alliance party will be locking horns.