A resurgent Kanu backed by rebel Jubilee MPs on Friday said the Kericho Senate seat race was part of a revolution sweeping through Rift Valley.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi led anti-William Ruto Rift Valley politicians in backing Kanu candidate Paul Sang.
The leaders spoke at Kapkatet Stadium two days after DP Ruto apologised to residents for abandoning them and reneging on pre-election promises.
Mr Sang, a two-time Bureti MP, will battle it out with Jubilee’s Aaron Cheruiyot and four others in the March 7 poll.
Former Kipkelion MP Magerer Langat announced at the rally that he was decamping from Jubilee to join Kanu.
He said: “We need a leader we choose and not one pushed down our throats. That is why on March 7 we must vote for Kanu and liberate ourselves.”
Governor Ruto said the anger in the region had been aggravated by the dissolution of URP by DP Ruto without consultation.
“This tsunami started in Nyangores Ward in Bomet and has come to Kericho. Nobody will stop it. We are against the dissolution of URP just so that he can win the presidency,” he said.
DP Ruto is on Saturday expected in Kericho to try and neutralise the Kanu wave.
On Friday, the Deputy accused Senator Moi of being a spoiler out to divide the Kalenjin.
The DP said Mr Moi wants to spoil his chances of ascending to power after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term.
Speaking at Nkiito Secondary School in Narok West where he presided over the opening of a dormitory, the DP called on Rift Valley leaders to work together for development and support his bid for President in 2022.
Mr Ruto said many people shelved their ambitions to allow Mr Daniel arap Moi ascend to power following the death of founding President Jomo Kenyatta in 1978.
Reports by Timothy Kemei, Patrick Lang’at and George Sayagie