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Governor Lagat's political resurgence rattles rivals

By Cosmas Kiprotich | March 27th 2017
Nandi County Governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat has lately displayed renewed breeding anxiety in rivals camp ahead of the Jubilee party primaries.

Governor Lagat last week took his re-election campaigns to his Mosop backyard in what political observers say is part of his plans to consolidate his home support as the clock ticks towards the next elections.

This has given his supporters the confidence with his recent act of showmanship a clear sign that he is not about to hang up his boots yet.

In his campaign trail, the county boss spared no chance to demonstrate that he is the man to beat for the Jubilee party ticket ahead of August polls.

"I know with your support I am going for a second term so that I can complete all the projects I initiated," said Lagat.

Dr. Lagat's move to retreat to his home turf has for the last two weeks stabilized his numerical strength tilting the county's political landscape.

The race had initially been tipped as a political rematch between Senator Stephen Sang and Former Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey.

However, Lagat's political resurgence has seen Kosgey drop meteorically leaving Sang and Lagat at the top of the table in one of the most contested political seats in the North Rift region.

The gubernatorial race will be more bruising in Kenya’s electoral history due to the political influence of the top contenders.

Lagat and Sang are greatly determined to take the seat and both have resorted to high-tech campaign strategies conducting open forums in a bid to solidify their support bases.

For Kosgey, this might be his final year in competitive politics should he fail to clinch the gubernatorial seat and that is why he is fighting tooth and nail to capture the seat.
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