Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is facing political acid test after the death of his father, former President Daniel Arap Moi.
For decades, the late President has been Rift Valley political fulcrum and his death may no doubt be the turning point in the region’s politics.
And for the first time in his political life, the Baringo Senator is forced to stand as his own man in the country’s murky world of politics.
In the past, his rivals have accused him of riding on his father’s back to springboard his political ambitions. And now with Moi gone, the Senator will have to prove his doubters wrong and confirm to the country that he is a political force of his own.
With the symbolic “Rungu” handed over to him, the 56-year Moi is now set to chart his own political path, away from the late President’s big shadow.
There is no doubt that the political supremacy battle in Rift Valley pitting Deputy President William Ruto and the young Moi is about to start.
The DP is no doubt the region’s political kingpin, something that Senator Moi could be keen to reverse. But can he elbow out Ruto in the region’s political leadership? Well, the battle has just begun.