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William Cheptumo: The Experienced Lawyer Who Dethroned Gideon Moi In Baringo

In the run up to the 2022 general elections, the Baringo senatorial race was one that was of interest to many political pundits and voters. The main rivals were William Cheptumo of UDA party and Gideon Moi who was defending his seat on a KANU ticket.

During campaign period, both ensured a spirited effort in a bid to woo voters. While Moi erected red banners alongside major streets of Kabarnet, his nemesis appeared to rely on the UDA party given Baringo County is its established bedrock. Cheptumo also had a song composed, urging voters to elect him.

The UDA wave and calls for a 6 piece amplified Cheptumo’s quest effectively sending the message across major towns like Kabarnet, Marigat, Barwesa, Eldama Ravine, Kabartonjo, down to the lowlands of Lakes Baringo and Bogoria. Cheptumo’s loyalty to William Ruto enabled him to eventually trounce Moi after garnering 141777 votes against 71480 votes received by the latter. Cheptumo, the incoming senator is an experienced politician and lawyer who has been serving as Baringo North MP for three terms.

William Cheptumo Education and Biography

He studied at Maregut Primary School between 1975 and 1981 before joining Bartolimo Secondary School. He then proceeded to Kabarnet High School for his Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education.

Between 1988 and 1991, Cheptumo matriculated at University of Nairobi for a bachelor’s of law. He then joined Kenya School of Law for a postgraduate diploma.

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Cheptumo served as a legal officer at the Industrial and Commerce Development Corporation before joining the Central Bank of Kenya between 1995 and 1998. Between 1998 and 2007, he served as an advocate for his law firm.

Cheptumo was elected the MP for Baringo North in 2007 and got reelected in 2013 and 2017. He once served as the assistant minister for justice and legal affairs.