The battle for Bomet governorship race 2022 has started shaping up. Hillary Barchok has told his aides he will defend the seat he inherited from the late Joyce Laboso, other aspirants are not taking anything for granted.
Former governor and Chama cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto wants to recapture the seat he lost to the late Laboso.
According to Ruto camp, the firebrand politician is aware, deputy president William Ruto whose influence in the county cannot be underestimated is shopping for a candidate to face him.
Initially, the DP was for Barchok but has decided to go slow after the governor failing to come up in open and defend him like his Nandi counterpart Governor Paul Sang.
Barchok was one of the Rift Valley governors invited to meet Uhuru Kenyatta at State House to plan Nakuru’s BBI rally on March 21 2020.
But BBI issue is now fronting a war between Barchok and ex-governor Ruto.
During the BBI stakeholders’ meeting, Ruto skipped the consultative talks organised by Barchok preferring to hold a similar one at Bomet Green Stadium.
Ruto was with CCM party officials and MCAs four in number elected on his CCM party.
According to sources Ruto was bitter that Barchok camp did not invite him at the consultative gathering.
In 2017, Laboso defeated Rutto. The senator race had Koskey Stephen, Langat Andrew, Nicholas Salat, Andrew Kimutai, Korir Weldon and Kirui Samuel.
Women rep race had Helen Rotich, Joyce Chepkoech and Sidey Chepkemoi.
Already those who lost in women and senator race are taking sides in the 2022 race. Word has it, an MP is eyeing the governor slot. However, the DP is said to favour a principal secretary to be next governor. However, the PS’s sexual exploits are the talks