Deputy President William Ruto’s former aide Maryanne Keitany is the latest aspirant to declare her interest in the Aldai Parliamentary seat.
Keitany, who served as DP Ruto’s Chief of Staff is flexing her muscles in bid to oust incumbent Aldai MP Cornelly Serem.
She has in the recent past attended a number of functions in the constituency, raising political temperatures ahead of the 2022 elections.
Over the weekend, Keitany shared the same platforms with Serem in two separate events with the MP saying he is ready to face off with her.
At a church function in Kobujoi, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang in a thinly veiled attack at Serem, said Keitany’s entry into the parliamentary race has put the incumbent MP on his toes.
Aldai is not new to women in leadership, in 2007 Former Powerful Cabinet Minister Dr Sally Kosgei was elected to represent the constituency. Keitany will therefore be banking on history to repeat itself in the coming elections.
Keitany hit the headlines following a noisy divorce with Meru Senator Mithika Linturi. In 2015, she resigned after being accused of allegedly diverting public money amounting to Sh100 million to fund a bid by MPs to impeach Anne Waiguru, who was then CS in charge of devolution.
As Ruto’s Chief of Staff, Keitany was very powerful that she at one time wrote to the then Attorney General Githu Muigai cautioning that the tender for the standard gauge railway had been mired with procurement issues and advised that the President should not launch it before the questions were cleared.
An accomplished IT expert, Keitany worked for the Kenya Railways Corporation, Energy Regulatory Commission, now Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority.
She has also worked at Hamilton Harrison and Mathews Advocates and as a part-time lecturer at Strathmore University.