Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago was all smiles after he trounced his fiercest rival, Bundotich Kiprop popularly known as Buzeki by more than 172,000 votes against the loser’s 72,000 votes in his bid to retain his seat on Jubilee Party ticket according to preliminary results yesterday.
Eldoret town ruptured into celebratory mood as hundreds of his
supporters poured into central business district forcing all the
business to be closed for more than five hours.
Also affected were transport businesses along the Eldoret-Nairobi,
Eldoret-Webuye as governor who was accompanied by Kapseret MP Oscah
Sudi and his Nandi Hill counterpart Alfred Keter addressed the
multitude of crowd.
Mandago thanked the residents for standing with him and ensured that
he sailed through the hotly contested nomination exercise against
stiff competition from Buzeki.
“Let us embrace peace as we head to August 8 general election and
avoid acts that would undermine the existing cohesiveness among
various communities living in the county,” he said.
He pledged complete all the projects he has started across the county
without discrimination on the basis on how the people votes for and
against him in the just concluded primaries.
“I have no ill feelings against those who voted against my candidature
as its their democratic rights to vote for a person of their choice in
the election as enshrined in the constitution,” said Mandago.
Former Minister for High Education Prof Margaret Kamar was headed for
victory in her bid to fly the party ticket for senatorial seat which
is currently held by Isaac Melly who was relegated to fifth position
following the preliminary results.
Gladys Boss Shollei, the former Judicial Service Commission Chief
registrar, was also leading in the race for County women
representative seat as the results trickled in the afternoon.