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Baringo South KANU pulls out of August election

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The announcement is seen as a major win for Jubilee Party in the Rift Valley.

Deputy President William Ruto (right) meets Baringo Senator Gideon Moi at the burial ceremony of Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim on May 5, 2018. KANU has announced that it will not field a candidate in the Baringo South parliamentary by-election. play Deputy President William Ruto (right) meets Baringo Senator Gideon Moi at the burial ceremony of Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim on May 5, 2018. KANU has announced that it will not field a candidate in the Baringo South parliamentary by-election. (Nation Media Group)

KANU has announced that it will not field a candidate in the Baringo South parliamentary by-election scheduled for August 17, 2018.

The announcement comes days after its candidate for the by-election Charles Kamren defected to the Jubilee Party.

During a function attended by Deputy President William Ruto in Baringo last week, Kamuren said Jubilee was the only party, which was committed to transforming the lives of all Kenyans.

“I am happy that I am declaring here today that I have ditched Kanu for Jubilee. We have realized that Jubilee Party is committed to peace and stability of all Kenyans including this region,” said Kamuren.

play Charles Kamren addresses supporters during a past rally in Baringo South. KANU has announced that it will not field a candidate in the Baringo South parliamentary by-election after Kamren defected to Jubilee Party. (Joseph Kangogo)

DP Promise

The DP promised to work together with the leaders who had defected to Jubilee Party.

“We are welcoming all the leaders to Jubilee Party. I promise that we will work together in uniting the people and bringing development,” said Mr Ruto.

The seat fell vacant following the demise of area MP Grace Kipchoim a month ago due to colon cancer.

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