DP Ruto, Gideon Moi's Allies Clash Over Parliamentary Changes

  • Deputy President William Ruto (left) and SeaDeputy President William Ruto (left) and Senator Gideon Moi at the funeral service of former president Daniel arap Moi at Kabarak on February 12, 2020. nator Gideon Moi at he funeral service of former president Daniel arap Moi at Kabarak on February 12, 2020.
    Deputy President William Ruto (left) and Senator Gideon Moi at the funeral service of former president Daniel arap Moi at Kabarak on February 12, 2020.
    Daily Nation
  • MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi on Saturday, July 11 clashed at a funeral over changes in Parliamentary leadership.

    Baringo North MP William Cheptumo and his Tiaty counterpart William Kamket disagreed over the changes while attending the burial of Isaac Cherogony, husband to Baringo County Woman Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot.

    Kamket supported the changes that were enforced following the purge in Parliament that saw a number of legislators ousted from their leadership positions.

    An image of Kamket
    Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket speaking at a past interview
    The Standard

    "There are people saying that the President is an enemy to Kalenjins, I heard my fellow MP saying that recently.

    "I don't see any problem when a position is changed from an Elgeyo to a Tugen, are they both not Kalenjins?" he asked.

    The Tiaty MP added that it was no big deal to have the Senate Majority Leader position handed to West Pokot Senator Samuel Pogisho from his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen.

    He went on to name some of the changes including Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindinki who was replaced by his Uasin Gishu counterpart Margret Kamar and also noted that there would be no problem is Ruto was replaced by Gideon Moi.

    William Cheptumo however, stated that the changes were effected motivated by malice but he had accepted them as he called for unity between communities.

    "Changing a position held by an Elgeyo to a Tugen is not bad, the problem is when it is handed over in hate. I announce here that in Baringo North is not a place for dubious politics.

    "We have the responsibility to ensure that the communities of Kenya are United," noted the Baringo North MP.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier in July had chosen Gideon Moi to represent him at the public inauguration of Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, a role many observed should have been served by the Deputy President.

    Ruto and Gideon Moi have both expressed their interest in succeeding Uhuru in the 2022 Presidential Elections with Rift Valley being the first battleground in their quest. 

    An image of Gideon Moi and Ababu Namwamba
    Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Ministry of Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba arriving in Lilongwe, Malawi in July 2020, for the inauguration of President Lazarus Chakwera.
    Twitter