He argued that he was acting on behalf of the over 100 MPs and over 500 ward reps who are members of the party.
Caleb Kositany in a rather bold move called on the party leadership to avail approved budgets for financial years running from 2016 to 2020, procurement records, reports and all committee minutes for the financial years, certified bank accounts and cash books.
His supporters believed he was fighting a just course – to ensure transparency in party politics.
Other than being Deputy President William Ruto’s right-hand man and at the same time enjoying closer familial relations with former President Moi’s family, who is he?
Soy MP Caleb Kipkemei Kositany, has lately become the face of the Deputy President William Ruto’s fight for survival as the battle for control of the Jubilee Party turned brutal and merciless.
Issuing contradicting missives and letters countering the party’s secretary general Raphael Tuju, the first-term MP, who enjoys closer ties with late President Moi’s family, has been thrust to the front-line to wage battle for the DP who is readying for a political fight of his lifetime ahead of the 2022 General Election.
With the ruling outfit disintegrating faster than anticipated and the DP appearing to lose influence, Kositany, a close political and business associate, has turned out to be his most trusted lieutenant, who is readily available, to launch a massive political war on his behalf.
The Jubilee Party’s Deputy Secretary General appears to have been leased the DP’s political arsenal as the fight for the outfit’s soul continues.
The MP, as many allies of the Deputy President William Ruto, was for a long time tucked in the comfort oozed by the camaraderie enjoyed by the DP and the President Uhuru Kenyatta in the between 2013 and 2017.
During their first term in power, the two Jubilee leaders, displayed an appealing friendship; wearing similar suits, stealing glances, speaking flamboyantly about each other and sharing podiums in about every government function.
With such bromance, they earned themselves the well-coined moniker: the dynamic duo. And many like Mr Kositany, who had avoided political contests for a long time, were impressed he decided to delve into the dirty world of politics through their party.
In 2017, Kositany easily won the Soy parliamentary seat contest on Jubilee Party ticket despite a tough battle with his opponents that included former MP Edwin Barchilei. Soy was carved out of the vast Eldoret North constituency that was represented in Parliament by Ruto between 1997 and 2013.
Even though he is leading battle for the DP, the lawmaker has closer family link with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Ruto’s political nemesis in the Rift Valley.
His elder brother, Stephen, who died in a road accident in 1994, married late Moi’s elder daughter Jennifer Chemutai Kositany.
Mois and Kositanys
His father, Simon Sawe Kositany, who died in April 1998, was also a long-time Kanu leader in the North Rift enjoying influence in both Nandi and Uasin Gishu. The elder Kositany was a trusted confidante of the late President and it is said that friendship led to their children marrying.
To date, the Mois and Kositanys still enjoy a warm relationship despite Caleb’s political choices.
When Moi died early this year, the latter were recognised as part of the extended family during his burial.
Enjoying a close relationship with the Mois and with his political influence during the Kanu era, Caleb’s father amassed massive wealth becoming one of the richest families in Uasin Gishu. His estate included huge tracts of land in the county and the neighbouring Nandi.
The MP unsuccessfully vied for the constituency’s seat in 2013 under the DP’s United Republican Party falling behind former MP Edwin Barchilei only to the turn the tables in his favour five years later.
He is not as loud, crude nor vocal as other lawmakers like Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi but he is said to enjoy a stronger, more respectful and trusted relationship with the DP. He is also one of his business associates. His loyalty to the DP has also been unquestionable and public.
With Sudi, and the DP’s aide Farouk Kibet, they run the DP’s political affairs in his Uasin Gishu backyard. With this trust, they have attracted friends and enemies in equal measure.
“He is from a wealthy family but he has chosen to fight with the hustlers,” said Philip Chebunet, Eldoret-based political commentator.
He has also faced accusations by some of the DP’s fierce opponents including Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop, Buzeki, for allegedly clinging to the DP and shutting others from getting access to him. Buzeki accused him of thumping their chests instead of bringing more people to their political table.
Kositany hit back accusing Buzeki of dragging him into his political frustrations after losing the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial battle to incumbent Governor Jackson Mandago.
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