Three Choppers hired by KANU leaders to attend a women fundraiser in Bartolimo, Beringo North Sub-county on Wednesday. They embarrassed Jubilee leaders who squeezed in one chopper who also contributed peanuts in the fundraiser.PHOTO JOSEPH KANGOGO
Choppers and harambee money: Kanu, Jubilee politicians flex muscles in Baringo
The show of might between Kanu and Jubilee intensified when the parties competed on the number of choppers that could be squeezed into a women’s fundraiser.
Many of the county’s residents believe only high-flying politicians can afford to add aircraft to their campaign machinery.
Kanu leaders turned up with three planes and Jubilee leaders just one at the event in Bartolimo, Baringo North Sub-county on Wednesday.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (Kanu chairman) gave Sh1 million while the supporters who accompanied him gave another Sh3.5 million.
The Kanu leaders who put up the show included West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo (kingpin), county speaker William Kamket (Tiaty MP aspirant) and former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo (Elgeyo Marakwet senatorial aspirant).
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Others were Rift valley coordinator John Bii, secretary general Nick Salat and Emurua Dikir MP Johana Ngâ€™eno. Also present was Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto who is Chama Cha Mashinani part leader.
Jubilee leaders ’embarrassed’ by the lesser show of might included Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot.
Others were Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo, Baringo North MP William Cheptumo, Baringo Central’s Sammy Mwaita and county woman representative Grace Kiptui.
Part of the crowd laughed when staunch Jubilee supporter Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi got out of his vehicle to present his contribution and drum up support for his re-election bid.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen closes the door of a helicopter hired by Jubilee leaders for a women’s fundraiser in Bartolimo, Baringo North subcounty, December 7, 2016. /JOSEPH KANGOGO