Former Powerful ODM MP Languishing In The Cold After Defying Ruto To Support Raila

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In the run-up to the 2013 general election, at the time ODM leader Raila Odinga was facing strong rebellion from Rift Valley after his bitter fallout with the then Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Magerer Lang’at emerged as the Orange party leader’s point man in the region.

Then serving as Kipkelion MP, Lang’at teamed up with the likes of his Aldai counterpart Sally Kosgey and Bureti’s Franklin Bett to back Raila’s presidential bid in Ruto’s political backyard. The decision proved to be one of the way worst decisions ever made by a politician in modern Kenya. Today, the former legislator is still paying a heavy price for it.

ODM leader Raila Odinga with the then party Executive Director Magerer Lang’at

Using his influence as assistant minister in the Ministry of Energy, Magerer ran the show in the Rift Valley region as Raila struggled to water down Ruto influence. But his effort backyard.

Come the March 4, 2013 general election, Magerer lost his Kipkelion MP seat. His decision to defy Ruto and back Raila had cost him.his position. That marked the beginning of his final political downfall. Today, he is yet to recover.

The former MP would however be given a soft landing by the ODM leadership as he was appointed as the party’s new Executive Director. But his tenure short-lived as he was quickly hounded out of office amid claims of double-dealing.

According to ODM headliners, Deputy President William Ruto was using Magerer to “kill” the giant party. No one has ever proven the allegations. And so, came his dramatic exit from Orange House where goons physically removed him from office.

Keen to make a swift political comeback, Magerer decamped to Jubilee Party in the run up to the 2017 general election but lost in his bid to recapture the Kipkelion MP seat.

Though he now working together in the Kericho Municipal Board, Magerer finds himself in an awkward political position.

After spending the last 9 years in the cold, Magerer now dreams to become the next Kericho County Governor come 2022. Will he succeeed Prof Paul Chepkwony? Well, time will tell.

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