If recent reports are anything to go by, then the boiling epic battle between the Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and his uncle, CS Charles Keter, for the Kericho gubernatorial post, contains all the ingredients of a Shakespearean power struggle; family feud, betrayal, greed for power and raw ambition. Already, there are unconfirmed reports from those in the camp that favours Aaron Cheruiyot claiming that his uncle, and Energy CS, is a KANU operative who is quietly working behind the scenes for Baringo senator Gideon Moi.
One of the County’s most popular blogs boasting of over quarter a million followers recently asked people to choose who they favour most between Aaron Cheruiyot and Charles Keter for Kericho governor post.
Interestingly, Aaron came to politics after reportedly being recommended to the DP by Charles Keter. This was after Keter had been nominated to the cabinet, occasioning a vacancy in the Kericho senator seat which he previously held, and was now required to relinquish after his move to the cabinet.
However, now in a situation where the student hopes to upstage his master, In the green and serene Kericho county, a hot supremacy battle has already taken shape with Energy Cabinet secretary Charles Keter and the youthful area Senator Aaron Cheruiyot eyeing to succeed prof Paul Chepkowony. The two are ranked among the most influential and trusted leaders in Kericho and their candidacies have completely split the county’s political scene. Although the two have not officially launched their interests, speculations and reliable information have confirmed that the two will flex muscles if they fail to make a single decision.
This is further compounded by the fact that the two are close allies, informers and foot soldiers of Deputy President William Ruto who enjoys maximum support from the Kericho electorate. This factor has already laid the foundation for a very heated battle as supporters of the two politicians are already on the campaign trails hoping to win and take over the Kericho county offices. The newly formed UDA party is the popular party here, and this might force the two to face off during party preliminaries which have in the past determined the next governors in Kericho and the larger Rift Valley region.