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KANU names candidate for Kericho by-election

By Nikko Tanui | January 19th 2016

Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi yesterday unveiled the party's candidate for the March 7 Kericho senatorial by-election.

Mr Gideon who led top Kanu leaders including Secretary General Nick Salat unveiled Paul Sang' who will battle it out with Jubilee Party's candidate Aaron Cheruiyot.

He told the residents that they stand to benefit much if they voted in the party's candidate.

He said Mr Sang' was a seasoned and experienced politician who, given the short period of time before the General Election, was the best to represent the interests of Kericho residents.

"Sang' is a good leader, mature, honest and charismatic and the people of Kericho will not go wrong if they choose him," he said.

Gideon who is the Baringo County senator said Sang's previous record in Government leadership was an added advantage in that he had the requisite networks to help the county move forward.

He said with Senate playing the role of ensuring that devolution was a success, the Kanu candidate was best placed to articulate and fight for its survival.

"The villages no longer depend on the national government's patronage for resources. The Constitution ensures that resources are shared with the counties, and Sang' is the only candidate who can successfully defend devolution in the Senate," he said.

He noted that Sang', because of his experience, understood the challenges of the people of Kericho, including in the sectors of tea and dairy farming, which are critical to them.

Mr Salat said Kericho residents should choose a leader who was reachable and willing to sit down with them and share their challenges, and not those who would be influenced by other forces.

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who accompanied the Kanu leaders said residents should vote in a leader who would work for them and should not be swayed by party politics.

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