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October 17, 2017

Gideon Moi promises 'battle ahead' after securing second term

Baringo Senator-elect Gideon Moi (centre in cap) and his wife Joan. /JOSEPH KANGOGO
Baringo Senator-elect Gideon Moi (centre in cap) and his wife Joan. /JOSEPH KANGOGO

Baringo Senator-elect Gideon Moi has promised a battle ahead after securing a second term after the 2017 general election.

The Kanu chair garnered 114,524 votes against his rival Simon Chelugui of Jubilee who conceded with 69,327 votes.

Chelgui was not there when Gideon received his certificate at Kenyan School of Government on Friday.

But he said, "I understand in every competition there must be a winner and a loser so I had no enmity with Gideon. It was only different in agenda to serve the people of Baringo."

Gideon thanked residents for re-electing him, saying 'takotai' meaning 'it is still ahead'.

The politician is eyeing the presidency in 2022, which would lead to a face-off with Deputy President William Ruto.

Gideon and Ruto have a long standing rivalry and many claim Chelugui was fronted by the DP.

More on this: My 2022 Presidential bid begins after Tuesday polls – Gideon Moi

Gideon asked Kenyans to maintain peace even after IEBC declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the 2017 presidential election.

"Let us all respect the decision of the majority and preach peace and unity as we move forward," he said.

Others who received certificated are Baringo Governor-elect Stanley Kiptis and woman rep-elect Gladwel Cheruiyot(Tungo).

Jubilee's Kiptis garnered 135,247 votes against his KANU opponent Isaac Chebon who got 50,769 votes.

Cheruiyot scored 62,557 votes against her second competitor Susan Chesyna who got 47,146, while the incumbent Grace Kiptui lost with 45,279 votes.

Both the former Governor Benjamin Cheboi and Kiptui boycotted the ceremony.

Kiptis said he is in Jubilee to stay but will work together with the elected leaders to end insecurity in Baringo.

"We shall also make sure resources are shared to the lowest units and distributed equally to the villages" he said.

He urged residents not to divide leaders based on their political lines saying each one of them deserves equal respect and maximum cooperation to move the county forward.

He was accompanied by his running mate Jacob Chepkwony.

Cheruiyot promised to deliver 80 to 90 per cent of her development agenda.

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