Ministers fail to deliver ‘Yes’ victory in Rift - Daily Nation

Ministers fail to deliver ‘Yes’ victory in Rift

Thursday August 5 2010

By SAMUEL SIRINGI [email protected] AND BARNABAS BII [email protected]

Key political leaders in the Rift Valley failed to deliver the ‘Yes’ vote. The ‘No’ crusaders carried the day in constituencies of Cabinet ministers Henry Kosgey (Tinderet), Franklin Bett (Buret) and Sally Kosgei (Aldai).

In Tinderet, the ‘No’ side carried the day with 45,398 votes, five times more than the 9,624 that Mr Kosgey’s side won. Mr Kosgey, the Industrialisation minister, is the ODM chairman and a close ally of Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

In Aldai, opposers of the new constitution garnered 33,027 votes almost five time the 7,130 votes cast for the ‘Yes’ side.

Roads minister Bett, too failed to beat the ‘No’ wave in the expansive province, delivering a paltry 1,774 votes to the ‘Yes’ side.

The ‘No’ side garnered 52,807 votes. In Uasin Gishu, Eldoret East Member of Parliament Margaret Kamar managed to deliver 14,565 votes to the ‘Yes’ basket against the ‘No’ side’s 50,657 votes.

But there were sweet victories for politicians who vehemently campaigned for the rejection of the documents including William Ruto (Eldoret North), Peris Simam (Eldoret South) and John Koech (Mosop).

Opposed the new laws

In Kacheliba constituency, represented by Information minister Samuel Poghisio, the ‘No’ team delivered 9,324 against 3,962 for the ‘Yes’ team. Mr Poghisio is among Cabinet ministers who opposed the new laws.

But in Trans Nzoia, the ‘Yes’ side passed the test, recording victories in Kwanza and Saboti where MPs Noah Wekesa and Eugene Wamalwa respectively campaign for the document.

The ‘No’ team was also felled in Joshua Kutuny’s Cherangany constituency where the ‘Yes’ team got 23,256 compared to 16,577 for those who rejected the document.

In the South Rift, MPs Joyce Laboso, Beatrice Kones (Bomet) and Magerer Langat (Kipkelion all failed to deliver the victories needed for the endorsement of the document, which came nationally anyway.

Mr Magerer, assistant minister for energy delivered over 9,530 against more than 52,434 for the ‘No’ team. Sports minister Hellen Sambili was also felled by the ‘No’ wave in Eldama Ravine. But in Rongai, Mr Lucas Kigen was beaten by the ‘Yes’ side.