Nandi speaker's elections opens old political rivalries

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY BARRY SALIL.

The recently concluded election of Nandi county assembly speaker Edwin Cheluget has revived previous memories of serious  political rivalry among leaders.

Cheluget, an advocate based in Eldoret clinched the influential position after beating another lawyer Benjamin Kuto with one vote. Earlier on the eve of the elections, Kuto had taken 23 members assembly for a retreat in Kisumu and arrived in the morning during the polling day ready to vote.

The rivalry manifested during the speaker’s election was said to be between Tinderet Henry Kosgey who backed the candidature of Benjamin Kuto, county URP secretary general while the party top hierarchy was behind Edwin Cheluget.

The party top brass dispatched senator-elect, Stephen Sang, and five MPs to witness the election. The MPs-elect were Afred Ketter-Nandi-Hills, Julius Meli-Tinderet, Stephen Bitok-Mosop, Elijah Lagat-Chesumei  and woman MP-elect Ziporah Kering. The new leaders prevailed upon five other aspirants to step down thus reducing the race to Kuto and Cheluget.

Kuto had 15 votes in the first round against Cheluget’s 14, forcing the interim clerk Barnabas kosgei to call for a second round. The rule required that the winner should have at least three quarters of valid votes.

In the second round, Kuto polled 13 votes after two of his got spoilt and Cheluget got 14 and was declared the winner.

The deputy speaker went to Hesbon Meto, the son to the late Mosop MP of Kanu's rule, Stanley Meto.