West Pokot Governor John Krop Lonyangapuo has been axed out from the Chairmanship position at Kabarak University after his recent political fallout with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.
In a Memo dated 17th September, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Henry Kiplangat communicated that Lonyangapuo had been kicked out as the Chairman of the Kabarak University Governing Council and replaced by Dr. John Kibosia who was serving as the Vice-Chair of the Governing Council.
“The Board of Trustees also expressed gratitude to the outgoing Chairman for Governing Council H.E Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo for his dedicated service to the University for the thirteen years he served with dedication,” read the memo.
The move to terminate Lonyangapuo’s service at the university has been viewed as retaliation to punish the governor after he seemingly withdrew his support for the institution’s key figure Gideon Moi.
The governor, who was elected on a Kanu ticket, has since sidelined his party’s boss Gideon Moi, while slowly embracing the Deputy President William Ruto.
The demotion comes at a time when the West Pokot Governor has over the recent past been at loggerheads with the KANU party leadership in his county.
The humorous governor has on a number of times hosted Ruto together with his allies at West Pokot, something that has caused jitters among the Kanu leadership.
In June this year, Kanu marked Lonyangapuo for disciplinary action following a leadership stand-off in the county assembly over his close ties with Ruto.
“We are going a whole hog with disciplinary action. We are in the home stretch now and it will be executed. If they have issues, they should appear before the party disciplinary committee,” quoted Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat.
Lonyangapuo has been on records accusing Salat together with Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio of working behind the scenes to sabotage his development agendas in the county.
Lonyangapuo becomes the second Kanu leader to dump Gideon Moi and join Ruto after Emuarua Dikkir MP Johana Ng’eno also shifted his allegiance to the hustler nation.
Ruto and Kanu leader Gideon Moi, the Baringo senator, are competing for Rift Valley loyalty and votes.