Kimaiyo to launch party, ‘won’t join JP’

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Former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has ruled out running for Elgeyo Marakwet senator on the Jubilee Party ticket.

Next month, he will reveal the party he will use in his bid to replace Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in the August 8 election, he said.

“I am not in Jubilee because they already have candidates and the party we will unveil will be the house that will take up the voices of reason who have no space elsewhere,” Kimaiyo told the Star on the phone yesterday.

He will also launch his book In the Spirit of Service about his life and other issues.

Kimaiyo maintained that he will run for President in 2022. Deputy President William Ruto is expected to be JP’s presidential candidate.

On December 13, Kimaiyo hosted ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi in Elgeyo Marakwet and sources say he has been considering the possibility of running on the ANC or Kanu ticket.

Kimaiyo has camped in Elgeyo Marakwet for three months to market his bid and consult residents ahead of the launch.

Previously he blamed Murkomen and Ruto for his sacking as IG and Kenya Airports Authority chairman.

Murkomen, a Ruto ally, faces an uphill task in seeking reelection as he will battle more than four aspirants in the Jubilee Party primaries in April.

They include businessmen Bernard Boit and Joseph Kangogo and Eldoret Water and Sanitation Company chairman Cornelius Chepsoi.

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