Former Ainamoi MP Benjamin Langat ( Photo Courtesy)
He was thrust into the murky world of politics in 2008 when he was elected to succeed his late brother, David Kimutai Too in a by-election.
Elected as Ainamoi MP on an ODM ticket, Kimutai had barely served for one month when he was killed by a police officer in Eldoret in a highway gun drama.
With ODM settling on the slain MP's younger brother Benjamin Langat as the party candidate in the by-elections, a new political giant was born.
Langat would go on to win the seat with a landslide. In 2013, he switched camps and was re-elected on Deputy President William Ruto's URP party.
During the 2017 general election, he ran out of luck as he was whitewashed by Sylvanus Maritim, who won the seat on a Jubilee Party ticket.
After spending the last five years in the cold, Langat is back with a bang even as he plots to make a major political comeback.
In the UDA party nominations in April, the former legislator thrashed the incumbent to clinch the ticket.
Considering the huge following that UDA party enjoys in the Rift Valley region, there is no doubt that the former MP has one foot in Parliament.
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