CS Keter rallies behind DP Ruto’s State House Bid

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Charles Keter has thrown his weight behind Deputy President William Ruto’s Presidential bid in the upcoming elections set for August this year.

The soft spoken and firebrand politician is the latest minister in the ruling Jubilee Admnistration to endorse the second in command in his bid to be elected the fifth President of Kenya.

“I will stick with him forever until he becomes the President of this country…go and tell that to the rumour mongers who have been claiming that I’m not in UDA.I worked with DP Ruto since 2006 to date and I am not ready to abandon him,” Keter said.

Keter joins a list of colleagues in the cabinet who have openly declared their public support for certain contenders.

Among them are Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his Agriculture counterpart Peter Munya, Treasury’s Ukur Yatani and Eugene Wamalwa (Defence ) who are pulling political punches as they seek to engineer the direction the country and their regions, in particular, take ahead of next polls.

Others are Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Keriako Tobiko (Environment), Joe Mucheru of ICT, John Munyes of Petroleum as well as Raphael Tuju, whom President Uhuru Kenyatta designated Cabinet Secretary without portfolio.

Keter resigned from his senate seat in 2015 when he was appointed to the Cabinet hence occasioning a by-election that was won by Senator Aaron Cheruiyot.

CS Charles Keter expected to unveil his Kericho gubernatorial candidacy soon/Pic courtesy

According to political analysts, he is the firm favourite for Kericho gubernatorial position which will remain vacant after the exit of incumbent Paul Chepkwony who will not be eligible for re-election after the expiry of his two terms.

“The CS has put together a campaign secretariat that is up and running. A lot of campaign merchandise has been printed so it is official that he will be in the race for Kericho governor,” close associate of the CS who sought anonymity was quoted.

He is known for his aggressiveness in politics. He is known for eleventh-hour door-to-door and day-and-night campaigns that have usually seen him parry away threats from rivals.

In his first attempt, Keter won the Belgut parliamentary seat when it was being held by his brother-in-law Charles Kirui.

He went on to win the seat for a second time before becoming the first Kericho senator in 2013.


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