As Ken Jennings, puts “One of the most significant barriers to progress is the lack of effective leadership.” The Famous South Rift has established a declining performance record in the South Rift due to lack trusted voice to channel region’s concerns to country’s top leadership.
Since Charles Keter was poached from being Kericho Senator to be Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary in 2015, the post he informally held as the South Rift’s point man to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto is remains unoccupied.
Keter, who believes in fidelity and absolute respect for seniors, won trust with DP Ruto between 2003 and 2012 when he served as Belgut Member of Parliament.
While members of Orange Democratic Movement and United Republican Party (URP), Keter, was Ruto’s right hand man not only for political transactions but also business.
When Isaac Ruto represented Chepalungu as MP and he Belgut, the duo squabbled heading Bomet and Kericho but Ruto failed due to his bellicose makeup and lack of capitulation to Ruto.
During 2022 campaigns after Uhuru and Ruto of TNA and URP respectively formed Jubilee Coalition, Keter was among the key pillars that were sent round the country to tackle ODM rivals and sell the coalition agenda.
As UhuRuto won the spirited elections, Keter also won Kericho Senate but was pulled out two years later to the essential ministry that remains valuable to country’s economic growth.
As CS, Keter who is three years younger than Ruto has been active lighting country’s rural towns in the last mile connectivity project but his home tuff still yearns for a potent leader.
Serving his last term in office, Kericho Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony could be suitable but his unique leadership style of minding own business rules him out.
On the other side, Governor Joyce Laboso and the former National Assembly Deputy Speaker who was once close to DP but she is reportedly in bad blood with a notable number of MPs, Women reps and senators from the region.
Having taken over the shoes of Keter, Senator Aron Cheruiyot could automatically be one since he sits at Ruto’s inner circle but he has failed to take a role and stamp authority.
This vacuity has made it difficult for fresh breed of leaders to report and access Deputy President.
An MP from Bomet lamented on how it has been hard for him to forward issues of his constituency to President and the deputy.
“We though Aron since he is still young would be a great leader but it seems to be a selfish leader prioritizing own interest. He flies with Murkomen all over but he doesn’t air the concerns of South Rift people,” Kipkoech Rotich said 0 \lsdlocke