Governor Mandago is alleged to be spreading tribal ‘madoa doa’ narrative in Eldoret
Just recently, Governor Mandago – during an interview at a vernacular radio station – allegedly told the residents of Eldoret town that he would make sure their land is protected from the Kikuyu community.
Politicians will always tell their constituents that their regions are cosmopolitan and welcome all ethnic communities in Kenya. But, this isn’t always the case because most – if not all – times, it is about them winning your vote, not being your public servant and leader.
It is believed he is panicking over the upcoming nominations and elections as he fears defeat by new entrants into the race for the gubernatorial seat, business mogul Kiprop Bundotich (popularly known as Buzeki), as they fight it out with him through a Jubilee party ticket.
The political temperature in the county is heating up owing to this latest development such that Buzeki is being aligned with a Kikuyu running mate just to affirm the ‘madoa doa’ narrative.
A poll that was done by members of the county’s forum online revealed that if the campaigns were to be held today, Buzeki, who has gained popularity especially among the youth and the women of Uasin Gishu, would trump the incumbent.
What’s worse, the tribal narrative is being pushed on social media through Facebook forums, whose members are spreading hate messages at Mandago’s opponents.
It is unfortunate that just last year, Kenyans on Twitter vented their anger against Mandago when he led his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, county assembly speaker Isaac Terer and other parliamentarians from the region, and unlawfully stormed the Moi University main campus to protest against the appointment of ‘an outsider’ professor Laban Ayiro as the acting vice chancellor of the institution for three months.