The race to succeed Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony is heating up as four top aspirants have shown their interest in the seat. Chepkwony is almost done with his final term as governor and will be contesting for the senatorial seat according to reports. The governor has stated that he will not be endorsing anyone and would like the four to face off in the UDA nominations.
The candidate who clinches the UDA nomination ticket will most definitely become the governor of Kericho County during the August general elections. Former energy CS Charles Keter, Deputy Governor Lily Ngok, university don Erick Kipkoech Mutai and Mr Fred Kirui will all go head to head in the UDA nominations with the winner being declared the flag bearer during the August decider. Other unnamed aspirants are in the race too.
The Daily Nation reports that the youthful Eric Mutai seems to be ahead of the others in the race for the seat despite being considered an underdog amongst the three. He is making his debut in the political world but is already causing waves in the region. The father of two who is a literature and communication lecturer at Embu university is causing his competitors sleepless nights having been well received by the residents. He has already been nicknamed 'the equaliser' by the residents due to his unmovable call for justice, fairness and equity.
The part time devolution consultant has said that he depends on well wishers to fund his campaigns since his opponents have better financial muscles and expects massive support from the constituents. Mutai is barely 38 years old but has already shown promise that could push his competitors back to the drawing board. At least two MPs who wanted to remain anonymous have admitted that Mutai is well ahead of his opponents in the crucial race.
UDA are set to hold countrywide party nominations from 10th to 16th of April where the party flag bearers in various positions will be unveiled.
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