The Kenyan South Baringo seat was declared vacant following the sudden death of Grace Kipchoim in April 2018. The former holder of that seat suffered from cancer and succumbed to death.
It was her second term, and she had gotten the victory while being bedridden. She wasn’t even able to conduct any rally despite the competitive contest with other competitors. Charles Kamuren (Jubilee party), Paul Mutoloi (Chama cha Mashinani) and Dr Cynthia Kipchilat were those who contested for this seat after her death.
Charles Kamuren was declared the winner by the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. (IEBC). It was a Saturday morning 18th August 2018, Kamuren was announced as the winner after all the votes from the polling stations were compiled.
He led with 12,777 votes while his closed competitor Cynthia Kipchilat had 8,968 votes. The total registered voters were 35,162, but the turnout was only 21, 617 voters.
Shortly after being declared the winner, the MP-elect of Baringo said that he wanted Pokot herders to depart from the constituency as enough was enough. He said that his most important agenda was to resettle many members of the Ilchamus and Tugen communities.
The armed Pokot bandits had displaced them since 2005. The areas that had been affected were Ruggus, Mukutani, Arabal and Noosukro. The new MP-elect of Baringo South said that the Pokot herders were supposed to leave Kapndasum, Sirata, Ramacha, Kiserian, Ngelecha, Embossos and Lokumkum respectively.
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