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Kapsoya ward candidate who lost three children launches his bid

By Silah Koskei | Published Mon, July 17th 2017 at 00:00, Updated July 16th 2017 at 19:09 GMT +3
Kanu Member of County Representative Kapsoya Ward aspirant James Ratemo  PHOTOS BY PETER OCHIENG/STANDARD

Kanu's candidate for Kapsoya ward Member of County Assembly James Ratemo has officially launched his bid three weeks to the elections.

Ratemo made headlines last month after he lost three children in mysterious circumstances. The bodies of the three boys were recovered from River Nzoia in an investigation that saw his brother, Enock Onsanse, arraigned in court over the murder.

Speaking during the launch of his political campaigns, Ratemo said the disappearance and death of his children almost marred his bid for the seat.

"The very day my children disappeared, the elders had planned to come and bless me at our home but it never happened. Similarly, the date we buried them in Kisii, was supposed to be my launch but everything changed," he said.

He said he was keen to win the seat to bring solace to his supporters and family.

"They (locals) have a lot of hope in me. They are the ones who came to my house and took me to Nairobi to register and after the burial, they told us to mourn as they conducted campaigns on my behalf," he said.

"It is from this view that I have continued to gather strength and the need to fight for their rights when elected," he added.