August 9

Governor candidates in Rift Valley region pick running mates

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 06:30 | By
Nakuru UDA governor candidate Susan Kihika. PHOTO/File
Nakuru UDA governor candidate Susan Kihika. PHOTO/File

Candidates for Governor in the North Rift who won the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket in the party primaries are rushing to nominate their running mates.

In Uasin-Gishu county, Jonathan Bii, alias Koti Moja, who clinched the UDA ticket has settled for Eng John Barorot as his deputy.

Barorot comes from Moiben constituency which is mainly inhabited by the Keiyo community.

“He is among the most qualified candidates for the position as per his previous experience and leadership skills,” Bii said.

Barrot has over 20 years of experience in the ICT and telecommunications sectors.

“When it comes to providing solutions, he ensures that he is always ahead, especially with the current dynamic environment,” said Bii.

In Nandi County, Governor Stephen Sang who is seeking re-election has retained his deputy Yulita Cheruiyot.

Perennial conflicts

In Elgeyo-Marakwet County, UDA gubernatorial nominee Wesley Rotich has appointed Grace Cheserek as his running mate.

Cheserek is an academician who rose from a junior research fellow to associate professor and director at the University of Eldoret.

“We hope she will use her experience and expertise to solve challenges facing the county that includes perennial conflicts in Kerio Valley and deteriorating environment along the escarpment,” said Rotich.

In the neighbouring Baringo, UDA governor flag bearer Benjamin Cheboi, who floored the incumbent Stanley Kiptis, has appointed Charles Kipng’ok as his running mate.

“He has a long working stint at the Kenya Tea Development Authority where he served as general manager for many years and will help us move the country forward,” said Cheboi.

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who is the UDA governor candidate, has named educationist David Kones as her running mate.

Kihika, who made the announcement yesterday, said Kones was picked after rigorous interviews.

“We have settled on Kones who has a vast experience in conflict resolution and education,” said Kihika.

She said 16 candidates were each given two hours to articulate their agenda after which members of the public picked their preferred candidate.

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