Last week, a post about Uasin Gishu’s current governor Jackson Mandago, holding a press conference together with KANU Party Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, as well as the party’s Secretary General Nick Salat, made headlines.
But even with the highly anticipated move by Mandago, a shocking revelation from KANU party was made after the members sensed that Mandago may not be able to deliver seeing as he is facing stiff competition from his opponents on the ground.
Mandago has been having sleepless nights after two other strong candidates came on the scene including billionaire business mogul Kiprop Bundotich and Dr. Serem who declared their interest in the seat.
The embattled governor has been accused of being highly corrupt and tribal, with serious allegations of having embezzled county funds of up to Ksh 4.5 billion with no explanations as to where and how these monies were spent.
He is also accused of having appointed his lover, Joyce Kebenei as a top board member in the Vice chair position of the county’s Public Service Board. This has seen a high level of nepotism practiced in the county where both Mandago and Kebenei giving jobs only to family members, and cronies.
With these and other issues coming up almost on a daily basis from the ground, KANU party decided not to hold the joint press conference.
A phone conversation made to KANU party Chair’s personal assistant, Mr. Nicholas Walaga (0728376215) revealed that the party’s leadership is keen on building stronger candidates for the upcoming primaries, for which KANU is a major stakeholder being the oldest party in Kenya.
KANU also considered the possibility that Mandago may not be cleared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, owing to corruption related issues and the hate speech case currently in progress following the protest the governor led in order to oust Prof. Laban Ayiro from taking the Vice Chancellor position at the Moi University.
This comes as a blow to Mandago as he is now faced with a limited number of options, seeing as Uasin Gishu is a Jubilee stronghold, therefore contemplating joining NASA will be a shot in the foot, and a lifetime political blunder for the incumbent.
We will keep you posted on the details of this as they develop.