Ruto, Laboso to face off in 2017
29 June 2015, 09:10
Nairobi - National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Dr Joyce Laboso is bracing for a political fight with Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto come next general election.
Dr Laboso announced Saturday that she will not turn down public demands to gun for the top County seat in 2017.
Speaking in Sotik town when she launched Sotik constituency strategic development plan for the year 2014-2017, Laboso said she would not let down the electorates who want to change the leadership of the County.
"I am under pressure from my colleagues in the National Assembly to be the next and first woman Speaker but the interest of the people of Bomet supersedes that and therefore am set and ready for the challenge," she declared after launching the strategic plan.
The declaration by Dr Laboso is set to ignite a political showdown in the region ahead of the next election.
The Sotik Legislator said she was up to the challenge and would not shy away from her challengers.
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"Its my pledge not to let down the people of Sotik whom we have worked together over the last years in improving the region. And since we have attained what we set for ourselves since I took over in 2008, it is time to move another step," she said.
Dr Laboso's declaration comes months after area members of parliament endorsed her to challenge Governor Ruto in the gubernatorial race.
The deputy Speaker was accompanied by Chepalungu MP, Paul Bii who backed her saying time for dictatorial leadership in the County was over.
"It is time for the County to start charting a new path so that we can change the face of the leadership and restore hope of our electorates in the development front," Bii said.
He said the need to chart a new course was due to what he termed as unfair distribution of resources and and failure by the current leadership to consult other leaders.
"As a County, we need a unifying factor at the helm of the County and it is unfortunate that over the last two years leaders have never come together to discuss development because of an individual who wants to run the show personally for personal interest," Bii said.
He also condemned the alleged misappropriation of funds at the County and reinstated the need for a change in leadership come the next general election.
"It is sad that the County was featured recently among counties whose leadership had engaged in misappropriation of funds which is not healthy for development and therefore we should think otherwise come next general election," he said.
Kapletundo MCA Bernard Ngeno, his Singorwet Counterpart Joyce Korir and Chesoen's Evelyn Langat who were also in attendance vowed to back Laboso.
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