After the war of words Kericho saw during the campaigns, Aaron Cheruiyot has given its opposition a drubbing as he is named the representative of the people of Kericho in the Senate.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared Cheruiyot the winner of the the mini-polls for garnering a whooping 109,358 votes. Kanu’s Sang gathered only 56,241 votes.
The Jubilee Alliance Party’s Aaron Cheruiyot won 60 per cent of the votes to win the Kericho Senate seat – clinching a resounding victory over Kanu’s Kipkorir Paul Sang.
Last night when about 31 stations were left to be counted, Kanu dismissed the provisional results, claiming the exercise was faulty.
Kanu secretary general Nick Salat dismissed the rigged result. The coalition says it will contest the result.
Jubilee’s Kindiki Kithure and Kipchumba Murkomen were with Cheruiyot when his was offered his victory certificate while Jubilee supported him, amid chanting.
Accepting the new position, Cheruiyot issued a thankful speech to residents of Kericho, grateful for their belief in him, and also assuring them he would resume work with the interests of the county foremost on his priority list.
He said he will discharge his duties, putting the people at the forefront of them all. He also recognized the presence of a team that he only referred to as KKK, for backing him in his bid for the senatorial seat
I thank the leadership in Jubilee who came to stand with us during the election.
I also thank IEBC for the good work they have done in the by-election, despite the challenges that were experienced.
The Kericho Senate seat became vacant after president Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter to government.
The win will surely relieve Deputy President William Ruto who has been struggling with strong challenges from a handful of Jubilee rebels from the South Rift who teamed up against him.