, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – Uasin Gishu gubernatorial aspirant Kiprop Bundotich alias Buzeki (independent) has declined to step down in favour of the incumbent Jackson Mandago.
This is after Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday asked him to support Mandago – the Jubilee Party candidate – saying he will be part of the government if Jubilee wins a second term.
“I will not step down in favour of anyone. I will be on the ballot on 8th August and the people of Uasin Gishu, having heard my manifesto, they want me to be their governor for the next five years,” the millionaire businessman said.
He says it will be wrong for him to deny his supporters a chance to vote for him in August since it is within their democratic right.
Buzeki has for long been accused of being DP Ruto’s project, a brand that he has struggled to shed off even after he lost in the Jubilee Party primaries.
“My plea to people of Uasin Gishu, remember I bring peace, unity, and development. That is what I stand for and it is on that basis that I will be asking for your votes; I believe the people of Uasin Gishu will have a new governor who will be Buzeki,” he said Saturday.
Buzeki is part of the Kenya Alliance of Independent Candidates, led by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.
Candidates under the alliance, all supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, have been urging the Jubilee leaders, “to allow the people decide.”
According to Buzeki, their existence will bring excitement on the ground consequently leading to a massive turnout of Jubilee supporters.
Buzeki says he enjoys massive support from non-locals leaving in the county while Mandago’s support is largely from the locals.
Mandago, who is under active police investigations for alleged making statements that borders on hate speech has been putting the Jubilee leaders to task, demanding that they urge other communities to support his candidature.
He has at some point threatened to shift his allegiance.