Mother and son vie for same seat in Jubilee-Nasa battle
Family blood ties will be put on the line in the August elections.
Beatrice Kones, the wife of former minister Kipkalya Kones, will be pitted against her first born son, Kevin Kones for the same seat as they both seek to represent the Bomet East residents in the 12th parliament.
Beatrice is running on a Jubilee Party ticket while Kevin has been nominated by Isaac Ruto's Chama Cha Mashinani.
The family contest has generated a lot of interest and created a lot of buzz in Bomet with locals siding themselves between Beatrice and Kevin.
The contest has already spiced up the bitter rivalry between Deputy President William Ruto who is the Jubilee Party leader and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his Chama Cha Mashinani party which has recently joined the opposition Nasa.
“I will easily trounce my son and reclaim the seat I lost in 2013,” a confident Beatrice has said.
Beatrice won the Bomet East parliamentary seat in 2008 in a by-election following her husband's death in a plane crash in Enoosopukia, Narok.
However her son said his mother had nothing new to offer residents of Bomet and had failed to accomplish much ever since his father's death.
Kevin said he his mother failed to honour an agreement they had made four years ago.
He argued that in 2013, he respected her decision to vie for the seat on condition that she would support his bid in 2017.
“We were all shocked when she insisted that she wanted to vie for the same seat despite having lost in 2013,” said Kevin.
Kevin insisted he respects his mother but it was time for youth to take over the country’s leadership.
Beatrice has blamed Nasa principal Isaac Ruto for causing disunity in the family.
She has accused Ruto of sponsoring his son to vie against her using the Chama Cha Mashinani Party for his own selfish gains.
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