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Tunai and Ntutu to face off in Jubilee Party nominations

By Robert Kiplagat | August 21st 2016
President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) reconciles warring narok leaders, Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai (center) and area Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu at Rotian during the homecoming of GDC CEO Johnson Ole Nchoe. [PHOTO:ROBERT KIPLAGAT/Standard]

Showdown looms in Narok County gubernatorial race after President Uhuru Kenyatta reconciled Governor Samuel Tunai and Narok West MP Patrick ole Ntutu who had threatened to quit Jubilee.

Mr Ntutu and Mr Tunai will now battle it out for the Jubilee Party ticket in nominations.

The rivalry between the two leaders played out last Friday before the President when supporters believed to belong to the MP heckled the governor and his deputy Everlyn Aruasa during the homecoming of Geothermal Development Company Managing Director Johnson ole Nchoe in Rotian.

The governor exuded confidence that he will clinch the Jubilee Party ticket as he had gained support of the Ilaiser sub-clan of the populous Purko through the appointment of Eng Nchoe who has already hinted on rallying his people behind him.

Tunai is banking on his development record to retain the seat. “I am happy to have my friend Mr Ntutu in Jubilee. We will battle it out together and the people will decide,” he said.

The MP said Narok was 100 per cent behind Jubilee and maintained he was in the gubernatorial race adding that he is ready to battle out in the nomination.

So far, the governor has the backing of former Jubilee rebel Narok South MP Korei ole Lemein, Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat and Gideon Konchella (Kilogoris).

The GDC managing director who contested the Narok gubernatorial seat on ODM ticket but lost to Tunai, vowed to drum up support for him.

“We fought with Jubilee’s Tunai for governorship in 2013, he won, I conceded but now I hand over the over 50,000 who voted me to him,” said Nchoe.

On the other hand, the MP has the support of his brother Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno.

Whoever gets the Jubilee ticket will face it off with former ICT Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati (ODM) in the gubernatorial race.

Mr Tiampati is vying for the seat for the second time after losing to Governor Tunai.

The President assured that there will be no favourite candidate on the JP nominations which are expected to be conducted by IEBC.

“All of these Narok leaders are my friends. Whether you will nominate Ntutu, Tunai or not, they will remain my friends. The people have the mandate to chose their leaders and should be respected,” said President Uhuru.

The region has witnessed supremacy battles between the governor, Senator, MPs Johana Ng’eno, Mr Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr), Korei ole Lemein (Narok South) and Moitalel ole Kenta (Narok North).

Save for Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta, who snubbed the President’s visit, other legislators have vowed to defend their seats on JP ticket.

Mr Kenta who is the only TNA MP in the county and ally of the former PS has also hinted at defecting to ODM.

During the Narok leaders visit to State House recently Mr Ng’eno assured Kenyatta that they will jointly campaign for his presidential bid on condition him and Deputy President William Ruto keep off county politics.

“Mhesimiwa rais uko juu,sisi tuko na wewe and naibu wako lakini tunaomba mtuwache tukanyagane hapa chini (Honourable President,we support you in your presidential bid but on condition that you leave us to square it out at the county level),” said Mr Ng’eno.

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