Embu Governor Martin Wambora has assured Baringo Senator Gideon Moi of his support in the 2022 presidential elections.
Speaking at a Baringo County Secondary School Principals’ conference on Thursday, Wambora said the people of Embu will throw their support behind the Kanu chairman when he runs for president in 2022.
“You firmly stood with stood during my impeachment and for that we owe you a lot as a county,” Wambora said.
“You are the most popular Senator in Embu, and the people of Embu will be behind you in your 2022 presidential push.”
Gideon Moi however steered clear of the debate instead focusing on the state of insecurity in the Baringo.
Mr Moi thanked the government for moving to restore peace in Baringo saying their efforts, though late, are appreciated.
“We want law and order to be restored in Baringo. No one in their rightful mind can stand and protest efforts to restore peace in this region,” said Gideon Moi.
Governor Wambora’s declaration may spark unrest within Jubilee Party, whose other members have openly declared support for Deputy President William Ruto in his 2022 presidential bid.
The 65-year-old governor who survived impeachment scare in 2015 was elected into office on Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA ticket, a party that has since dissolved, together with DP Ruto’s URP and 11 other parties to join Jubilee.
Though Gideon Moi has not publicly declared interest in vying for president in the 2022 elections, a recent meeting between him, his father former President Daniel Moi and President Uhuru Kenyatta has stirred up talk of a political give-and-take deal.
According to political pundits, the deal would see Gideon Moi and his Kanu party support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid in 2022 in exchange for key government positions for KANU members in government, Jubilee’s support for Gideon Moi’s senatorial bid and a possible support for his presidential ambitions in 2022.
The meeting between the Mois and President Uhuru came barely a month after Uhuru’s mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta met former President Moi in a bid to convince him to support the president’s reelection bid.
This comes even as rift in the Rift Valley between Gideon Moi and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s camp and DP William Ruto widened with both parties agreeing to field single candidates in the region, a move that may weaken DP Ruto and Jubilee’s hold in the region.
Isaac Ruto is yet to endorse any candidate for president in 2017 elections with both the Opposition coalition NASA and Uhuru Kenyatta remaining an option for him.
Governor Ruto has in several occasions accused Jubilee government of ignoring the plight of locals in Baringo saying President Uhuru and DP Ruto have only worked to frustrate devolution