The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Former Loans Board Boss to Run for Baringo Governor

Former CEO of the Higher Education Loans Board Benjamin Cheboi has launched his bid for Baringo governor. Cheboi will vie on a URP ticket and is one of the front-runners for the position.

"My priority will be to improve on security and create jobs for the youth," he said at the launch in Kabarnet High School.

Cheboi said the semi-arid region has great potential for development and his agenda will include improving agricultural production through irrigation.

"We have many livestock. We will look into setting up a meat processing firm for export," he said. Cheboi promised to unite the Pokot, Tugen and Ilichamus communities.

Meanwhile Kanu officials and aspirants in the county have differed over using retired President Moi's name in their campaigns.

Officials of the former ruling party have warned that they will not allow aspirants to drag Moi's name in the campaigns. "Moi is a statesman and a leader beyond the politics of the county. Let aspirants do their campaigns without invoking Moi's name anywhere," said Baringo North chairman Ezekiel Komen in Eldoret town yesterday.

He was accompanied by chairman of Baringo Central Julius Rotich, Isaac Cherutich of Eldama Ravine, Linah Komen who is vying for the Ainabkoi parliamentary seat on a Kanu ticket, Michael Baskwong and Stanley Kipkechim. The Kanu officials have have accused some URP aspirants of unfairly using Moi's name in the campaigns.

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