Tiaty MP ditches Gideon Moi for William Ruto
Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket has become the latest legislator from Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition to join President-elect Dr William Ruto’s camp.
Mr Kamket was reelected in the just concluded election on a Kanu ticket under the leadership of former Baringo Senator Gideon Moi. He has been a close ally of Mr Moi who lost his seat to William Cheptumo of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
“Working together is imperative for the full realization of the economic objectives we promised the people of Kenya. I am pleased to welcome Tiaty MP William Kamket to Kenya Kwanza,” Dr Ruto said while receiving the MP at his Karen residence.
Kanu is among the affiliate parties in Azimio la Umoja under the leadership of Raila Odinga who lost the election to Dr Ruto in the August 9 General Election.
Mr Kamket ensured Mr Odinga garnered more votes than Dr Ruto in his constituency, which is within Rift Valley, a region that is believed to be Dr Ruto’s stronghold.
According to the official results captured by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC, Mr Odinga got 25,282 votes against Dr Ruto’s 5,708 votes in Tiaty constituency. The voter turnout was recorded to be 79.8 per cent with 31,181 people turning up to vote out of 39,059 registered voters.
The latest defection comes with the hearing of a petition challenging the outcome of the presidential results ongoing at the Supreme Court. Mr Odinga is among the petitioners challenging the declaration of Dr Ruto as President-elect.
According to Mr Odinga’s lawyers, led by the Senior Counsel James Orengo, their client’s votes were suppressed in some polling stations. The Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on September 5.