Mishra faces political battle of his life ahead of 2022

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 09:00 | By
Outgoing Kesses MP Swarup Mishra PHOTO/Courtesy
Outgoing Kesses MP Swarup Mishra PHOTO/Courtesy

By Wycliff Kipsang

Kesses MP Swarup Mishra is facing the political battle of his life to retain his parliamentary seat, with six aspirants seeking to unseat him.

Pressure has been piling up on the first term legislator to declare his stand on his support for Deputy President (DP) William Ruto ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Some leaders from the DP’s North Rift backyard among them outspoken Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Uasin-Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago,  have openly told Mishra to join the newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA) or risk being voted out by the electorate

Among those eyeing the UDA ticket to unseat the MP are former Uasin Gishu Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer, youth leader Joseph Kemboi, Uasin Gishu County Finance Executive Julius Rutto. Also seeking a political comeback is former MP James Bett.

“I will come back and complete the projects I initiated, which my predecessor ignored,” Bett said yesterday.

But Mishra has dared his opponents to prepare for a bruising political battle: “My track record speaks for itself. Let them come and the people will make the final decision.”

He has been tight-lipped on which party ticket he will use to defend his seat. Mishra has in the recent past been facing hostility in his Abackyard for allegedly going against the wishes of the DP.

The MP was among leaders who were on the receiving end during the DP’s recent tour of the North Rift where he was heckled at Chebolol in his constituency.

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