Kalen­jins want me to run for Pres­i­dent in 2022, says Moi

Last week, DP Wil­liam Ruto met lead­ers from Baringo to dis­cuss the sen­a­tor’s in­flu­ence in the county, Pokot and the North Rift and strate­gise on how JP will win in the 2017 polls

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - JOSEPH KANGOGO @TheS­tarKenya

Baringo Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi has joined the grow­ing list of politi­cians who want to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in 2022.

On Satur­day, the Kanu chair­man said he has been en­dorsed by the Kalen­jin to run for the top seat.

“I have ap­proached my sup­port­ers in the Nandi, Baringo and Keri­cho coun­ties and they gave me the bless­ings to go for the seat af­ter the Pres­i­dent’s term ends,” he said.

The son of former Pres­i­dent Daniel arap Moi spoke at a fundraiser for former Kabar­net mayor John Kiprono at his home in Baringo Cen­tral on Satur­day. Kiprono re­quires Sh4 mil­lion to un­dergo kid­ney treat­ment in In­dia.

Uhuru, who will seek re­elec­tion for a last term next year, has al­ready en­dorsed Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto to run for Pres­i­dent in 2022 in the Ju­bilee plan of be­ing in power for 20 years.


Moi could face off with DP Ruto for the Kalen­jin vote.

The sen­a­tor said he has re­ceived bless­ings from more than 5,000 res­i­dents in Nandi county who met over his 2022 pres­i­den­tial bid.

“I was born in Kalen­jin. My fa­ther and mother both are Tu­gen so and I don’t see the like­li­hood of any­one block­ing my dreams of be­com­ing Pres­i­dent,” he said.

On Monday last week, Ruto hosted a meet­ing of lead­ers from Baringo at his Nairobi of­fice to dis­cuss pri­mar­ily Moi and his in­flu­ence in Baringo, Pokot and other parts of the North Rift.

The meet­ing re­solved that the DP fa­cil­i­tate a re­treat for Baringo lead­ers to strate­gise on how JP can win most of the seats in the county in 2017.

Moi also has a strong sup­port base in West Pokot, where Sen­a­tor John Lonyan­ga­puo of Kanu is ex­pected to eas­ily trounce Gov­er­nor Si­mon Kachapin, who de­fected from Kanu to JP in July.

The Baringo Sen­a­tor has been un­able to spread his in­flu­ence be­yond his home area, par­tic­u­larly to the pop­u­lous South Rift.

Crit­ics ac­cuse him of be­ing more in- ter­ested in busi­ness than pol­i­tics and fail­ing to re­vive Kanu, de­spite the ad­van­tage of his wealth and name.


Kanu Rift Val­ley co­or­di­na­tor Jonathan Bii asked county lead­ers to stop di­vi­sive pol­i­tics based on party af­fil­i­a­tion and in­stead sup­port Moi.

“What an awk­ward sce­nario to see Baringo lead­ers dis­own­ing their own yet we from other Kalen­jin tribes are sup­port­ing him, or did some­one curse you and die?” he said.

Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat crit­i­cised Ju­bilee Party lead­ers, say­ing they have no sta­ble agenda for Kenya.

He said Sen­a­tor Moi should not be wor­ried be­cause Kenyans will vote for him in 2022.

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