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Vocal and Outspoken Former CAS UDA is Fronting to Dethrone Lonyangapuo in West Pokot Governorship

Political temperatures in Kenya are rapidly rising as rivals scramble to outdo each other ahead of the much-hyped 2022 General election scheduled for Tuesday 9th August this year.

In West Pokot, the stage is set for a bruising political duel and rivalry between Incumbent Governor John Lonyangapuo and his former ally now turned political nemesis Deputy Nicholas Atundonyang and former Governor Simon Kachapin.

Deputy President William Samoei Ruto is banking on the candidature of vocal and outspoken former Sports, Culture and Heritage Chief Administrative Secretary Hon Simon Kachapin to recapture the seat on the United Democratic Alliance Party (UDA) ticket. Kachapin also worked as CAS at the Ministry of Education from 2018 to 2020. He was also West Pokot's first Governor after he was successfully elected in 2013 general election on a KANU ticket.

During his forays in the county two months ago, DP Ruto publicly endorsed the former Governor in front of a cheerful crowd to unseat Lonyangapuo who is seeking to defend his seat on Kenya Union Party (KUP), a party he formed himself with Pokot South Member of Parliament Hon David Pkosing.

“Kachapin kuja, simama hapa. Tumekubaliana tutatembea pamoja? Tuko na governor ama hatuna? Governor wa West Pokot ako ama hayuko?” Ruto said in his address as he urged them to vote for Kachapin as their next governor.

Kachapin was a KANU member before decamping to Jubilee Party in 2017 where he tried to defend his seat unsuccessfully. In 2017 gubernatorial contest, Lonyangapuo defeated him while vying on a KANU ticket together with Majority Leader in the Senate Samuel Poghisio. He has been accusing Prof Lonyangapuo of sabotaging mega projects he initiated during his term, many of which have stalled.

Jubilee-turned-UDA leaders including Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto, Sigor's Peter Lochakapong, West Pokot woman representative Lillian Tomitom, Kacheliba's Mark Lomunokol, ex-Kapenguria MP Julius Murgor have also endorsed the candidature of Kachapin.

Lonyangapuo has also fallen out with senator Samuel Poghisio and West Pokot County Assembly Speaker Catherine Mukenyang.

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