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After the death of nominated Jubilee senator Victor Prengei, the journey to replace him was quite a stormy one, not to mention complicated. The original plan was to replace him with Peter Cheruiyot, who also hails from the late Prengei’s minority Ogiek community. However, Cheruiyot is said to be a close Raila ally. His appointment would have fed into DP William Ruto’s claim that Jubilee has been sold to ODM. The party finally settled on Isaac Ngugi, and this turned out to be a controversial decision. Among the loudest complaints were from the president’s closest allies like Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui, and it now appears that Isaac Ngugi’s isolation has followed him to the floor of Senate.
The new young senator was on the floor of the House making his contribution concerning the recent spate of fires that have ravaged boarding High Schools. He however preceded his contribution by a confession that he has no children of his own although he was commenting on children’s issues.
This elicited a long round of jeers that briefly halted his address. Luckily however, decorum prevailed after a while, and he was able to proceed.
Cheruiyot, 38, served in the Prime Minister’s Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Mau in 2009 and later in the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Change in 2010.
“It should however be made clear that the position was not for a minority but a youth. As a party we, therefore, had the responsibility to pick the next youthful person who happens to be Ngugi,” a statement said.
The official said there have even been calls for them to pick a lady but election regulations require that a man replaces a man and a woman to replace a woman.
This is just as we nominated Leshore to replace Mwaura but the matter being held by the courts. Once we are done, Leshore should be sworn in immediately,” he added.
Prengei who hailed from the Ogiek community was heading towards Kabarak direction from Nakuru Town when the vehicle he was driving lost control and careened off the road before landing in a ditch.
Some members of the Ogiek community had asked the ruling Party to nominate one of their own to replace Prengei.
The Community endorsed Cheruiyot who was elected Nakuru Jubilee branch secretary ahead of the 2017 General Election and remained a fierce supporter of the party in the region.
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