Opposition outfit NASA has gained with key defections in the North Rift, which is also Deputy President William Ruto's backyard. Eight allies of the DP, most of whom are former MPs, have joined campaigns for NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who is expected to host several rallies in the region.
Those who have publicly announced they have joined NASA include Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat, former Ambassador Stephen Tarus, who is also a former Emgwen MP, former Eldoret South MP Peris Simam and Mosop ex-MP David Koech.
Although most of them lost their seats, they are still influential within their areas and likely to play a key role in influencing locals to back the opposition. NASA has appointed Pius Kidombo and Daniel Saina to lead the campaigns in Nandi, while in Elgeyo Marakwet John Chebii will be the coordinator.
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