Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has called on National Assembly Deputy Speaker Dr Laboso Joyce to contest for governorship in the county of her husband, and not in Bomet.
Slamming Dr Laboso, he said her campaign in the region was unfair as she gained sympathy votes for the passing of her sister, Lorna Laboso who was Sotik MP, in June 2008.
Mr Sossion’s statement reads:
“Someone tell Joyce on my behalf to go and vie for [the] governorship in Kisumu. She is now a daughter of that land because they already paid us bride price.”
Then he added:
“Joyce is a good leader and up to the governorship task. But not here. She should go and contest that in Kisumu where she married.”
He made the statement at a celebratory event in Mogor, which Mr Ruto also attended. He encouraged the county not to allow Dr Laboso’s attempt to captialize on their goodness.
Continuing, Mr Sossion said:
“I speak the truth as always. We jointly supported Dr Laboso and she went to Parliament as a consolation after her sister’s death. She now wants to cross the thin line. But the people of Bomet, I urge everyone not to allow her take advantage of your kindness.”
He further said he will be forced to query the lady’s age and initiation group her husband had joined if she continues to contest for the post.
Fearing that her husband will be the one leading the county if she wins, he said he will never support her interest. Dr. Laboso has always declared an interest in Governor Isaac Ruto’s seat, meanwhile Isaac Ruto is Mr Sossion close ally.
Other candidates eyeing the governor’s seat include, Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai, Engineer Frank Moi and National Water and Pipeline Corporation Chairman Julius Kones.
Mr Ruto is vying for a second term to which Mr. Sossion had endorsed him. The endorsement even caused a verbal battle between Dr. Laboso and Mr. Sossion, as she accused him of making demeaning remarks.
Some members of Knut have asked Mr Sossion to withdraw the careless comments. Teachers led by Cecilia Mutai, on Tuesday said they will shred their membership from the union if Mr Sossion does not apologise.
We are yet to see his response to that.