Former ODM Executive Director to vie for Senate seat on Jubilee ticket
30 November 2015, 09:14
Nairobi - Former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Executive Director, Magerer Langat has expressed interest in the Kericho Senatorial seat following the nomination of Charles Keter to the Cabinet.
Magerer, who was dramatically ejected from Orange House in 2014, told News24 that he will gun for the seat on a Jubilee ticket once it is declared vacant by the Senate speaker.
The name of Charles Keter who was nominated the Cabinet Secretary for Energy alongside other Cabinet nominees are expected to be tabled before a National assembly Committee for vetting on Tuesday.
If approved by parliament, the constitution stipulates that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will have to organize for by-elections within three months.
The polls body will to write to the National Treasury, seeking for funds to be allocated for the Senatorial by-election. Malindi Constituency is also expected to hold a by-election following the elevation of the area MP Dan Kazungu to the Cabinet. The money is likely to be approved under the supplementary budget.
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"There is no doubt about it. I will be going for the Senate seat on a Jubilee ticket. I am praying that the name of my brother, the immediate former Senator Charles Keter sails through parliament," he said.
"Since Keter was nominated to the Cabinet, my phone has not stopped ringing with County residents and those from other parts of the country urging me to go for the position. I do not want to let those who believe in me down. I believe I will clinch the post and work with the government in serving Kericho people," he said.
Aspirants said to be contemplating to go for the seat are former cabinet minister Franklin Bett, and Nelson Koech who unsuccessfully vied for Belgut Parliamentary seat in the last elections, Paul Chirchir a Jubilee political activist and youthful Nairobi businessman Aaron Cheruiyot.
The sub-counties where the individual aspirants hail from is expected to be a factor on who gets elected. Whoever will clinch the Jubilee party ticket will have it easy, since the Senator Keter is a close ally of URP leader William Ruto.
Magerer expressed optimism that the party primary's will be fair, noting that the fact that he comes from Kipkelion and his track record will work to his advantage.
"The larger Kipkelion which I represented in parliament has no plum position in the County or national government. Bureti where Franklin Bett comes from is home to the Kericho Women Rep Hellen Chepkwony and County speaker. Belgut has CS Charles Keter and the PS for Roads Dr John Mosonik, Ainamoi produced both Governor Paul Chepkwony and his deputy," explained Magerer.
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