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KANU Strongman Nick Salat Loses Parliamentary Bid With Margin Of Over 20k Votes

Nick Salat, Secretary General of the independent party KANU, has lost his bid for the Bomet East parliamentary seat.

Salat, a close ally of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, was floored by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Richard Yegon.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Yegon received 35,431 votes, while Salat received 13,425.

The outspoken legislator was defeated by a margin of nearly 20,000 votes.

Salat had expressed interest in running for the Bomet Senatorial seat before abandoning his ambition to run for the Bomet East parliamentary seat.

The outspoken lawmaker ran unsuccessfully for the Senate seat on the KANU ticket in 2013 and 2017, losing to Wilfred Lesan and Christopher Langat, respectively.

During the campaign, Salat attempted to sway voters by claiming that the UDA would not assist the residents of Bomet East.

"It is past time for us to wake up and elect leaders who will fully pursue our national interests," Salat said.

Salat urged residents to vote for him, promising to use his leadership skills to benefit the constituency.

The KANU leader and his boss, Gideon Moi, were also supporters of Azimio la Umoja's Raila Odinga's presidential bid.

Prior to joining Azimio, KANU was a member of the now-defunct One Kenya Alliance (OKA), led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Salat joins the list of powerful people who were humiliated in this year's elections. Amos Kimunya, the National Assembly's Leader of Majority, was defeated in his bid to retain the Kipiriri parliamentary seat.

Kanini Kega, the Jubilee Party's Director of Elections, was also defeated in his bid to retain the Kieni MP seat. Jeremiah Kioni, the Jubilee Secretary General, also lost the Ndaragwa parliamentary seat to UDA's George Gachagua.

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