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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Questions as CCM’s Rutto drops from sight after Laboso’s win

Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto casts his vote at Chebaraa Primary School in Chepalungu on Tuesday / FELIX KIPKEMOI
Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto casts his vote at Chebaraa Primary School in Chepalungu on Tuesday / FELIX KIPKEMOI

The outgoing Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto’s disappearance from the public limelight over the last three days is becoming the talk of the town among his supporters and even his political opponents.

Rutto is yet to come out to comment on the outcome of Tuesday’s poll in which Jubilee’s Joyce Laboso floored him. The Chama Cha Mashinani party leader cast his vote at Chebaraa Primary School and later addressed the press, saying he was optimistic of winning.

Laboso garnered 176,545 votes to trounce Rutto who got only 86, 462.

Efforts by journalists to trace him have been futile and calls were not unanswered. At his Tumoi residence in Chepalungu, some staff who work at the county could be seen moving in and out of the home. A guard at his residence was cagey and only said “he left for Nairobi”. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Star Rutto would issue a statement in Nairobi on his next move after meeting NASA co-principals.

In the run-up to the election, Rutto rallied South Rift residents to vote for the NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

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