Barchok, Mosonik exchange barbs as Bomet race gains momentum
A storm is brewing between Bomet Governor Dr Hillary Barchok and his rival John Mosonik over running of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) affairs in the county.
While Mosonik reads mischief in the manner in which some local party officials conduct themselves, Barchok has dismissed him, saying they are not biased as being claimed.
On Tuesday, Mosonik, through his campaign manager Pius Sigei, accused the UDA county office of taking sides by campaigning for some aspirants.
“We call upon the UDA office in Bomet to be a neutral player in the upcoming contest and give the electorate a free hand to elect leaders of their choice…our candidate looks forward to a peaceful and engaging campaign as he takes his message to the residents,” Sigei said.
Sigei also announced the appointment of Jonathan Langat as their representative at the UDA county office.
Barchok, in a rejoinder, however, told off Mosonik, saying the party has never favoured anyone.
County UDA coordinator Stephen Mutai also dismissed Sigei’s claims.
“If there is anyone with evidence to substantiate the claim that I am favouring either side should come forth and prove it,” Mutai said.
“What is wrong in meeting an individual to discuss party matters? In any case, I have also met Mosonik at a personal level to discuss the coordination of party activities on the ground and there is nothing creepy about it,” he added.
Speaking during meeting at Tuiyobei on Konoin, Barchok said UDA abides by the decisions of all members, and called on all aspirants to help in coordination of party affairs.
He further claimed he has been funding activities of the party at the county from his own pocket.
“Let everyone participate in all the processes of the party. It is still a small outfit and it does not have funds for operations.
We cannot expect money from the national office to bankroll our programmes…I have been sacrificing from my pocket so before you start accusing me you also fund the party,” he stated.
Konoin added that with April nomination around the corner and registration of members ongoing, there was need for all aspirants to participate in the process by facilitating, “because you cannot expect to be part of an exercise that some else financed with his own money.”