The Jubilee Alliance Party was on Friday dealt a blow in Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard after it failed to win the Nyangores Ward by-election in Bomet County.
People’s Patriotic Party of Kenya (PPK) candidate Andrew Maritim, with the backing of Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, won with ding by more than half the votes from results in 25 out of 30 polling stations, meaning the JAP candidate, Mr Richard Leitich, would not catch up and was poised to concede defeat.
Mr Maritim had polled 4,027 votes against JAP’s 2,314, representing 63.3 per cent of the votes tallied compared to 33.4 per cent respectively.
The win by the PPK’s candidate is a blow to the Deputy President, who has been involved in power struggles with the Bomet governor, especially after the latter declined to support JAP.
JAP is the party Mr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta will be seeking re-election in 2017. The leaders have been urging former members of the URP and the President’s TNA to join the new vehicle to consolidate nationwide support and boost their chances of being re-elected.
In Masongaleni Ward, Wiper candidate Philip Kisangai won with 1,952, Florence Kasiku of The Independence Party (Tip) secured 1,239 votes, Muungano’s Dominic Mutote had 1,036 votes, Richard Kasyoki of CCU garnered 894 votes and LPK’s Charles Kioko trailed with 205 votes.