Former Boston Marathon champion, Wesley Korir bags UDA ticket for Cherang’any seat, to face Kutuny
Former Cherang'any constituency Member of Parliament, Wesley Korir has been declared the winner of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party nominations held on Thursday.
Korir, a former Boston Marathon champion garnered 16,946 votes, winning the hotly contested race that attracted seven candidates.
John Tunduria a former banker came second with 7,522. Others are Joshua Kosgei an athlete who managed to get 5,332 votes, and businessman John Njuguna who garnered 5,171.
Shadrack Kimutai a former Chief Officer in the County Government of Trans Nzoia scored 950 votes followed by former Education and ICT Executive Member Dr. Isaac Kogo with 936. Simotwo Kororia came last with 267 votes.
Korir who served in the eleventh Parliament enjoyed a massive following across the Kalenjin-dominated constituency in Trans Nzoia County.
Making his acceptance speech, Korir promised to unite all the residents of Cherang'any constituency without any form of bias.
"I want to really extend my heartfelt gratitude to the people of Cherang'any for believing in me. I also want to ask them to extend the same in August 9 elections so that we can deliver this seat," Korir said.
Korir will face off with the incumbent Member of Parliament Joshua Kutuny who is defending his parliamentary seat on a Jubilee party ticket.
Patrick Simiyu flying Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) and FORD Kenya Attorney Benson Milimo are also in the race.
In the 2017 general election, Korir came second after losing Jubilee party nominations to Joshua Kutuny.