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Citizen Weekly

Sunday, 9 November 2014


Now conscious more than ever before that he is quickly losing grip of the expansive Uasin Gishu county, and with the possibility of losing his coveted gubernatorial position come 2017, Governor Jackson Mandago is now showing signs of reform away from the tyranny he has been associated with.
Mandago has of late been reaching out to top leaders from some communities which he had previously marginalised with impunity.
Details have emerged that the governor is mending fences with some local prominent leaders who include Peter Chomba, the MCA for Huruma ward and Francis Muya MCA for Langas ward.
Chomba and Muya have stated that they have no problem with Mandago if he puts his house in order and stops marginalising local communities in so far as development is concerned.
Other leaders have resolved not to shun Mandago in his latest desperate maneuverings.
They are willing to establish rapport with him as long as he can change completely from the arrogance he has been in the cosmopolitan county.
The governor has been asked to allow smallscale traders room to go about their daily businesses.
Mandago had previously thrown them out of the central business district charging that they were outsiders who should move to their ancestral lands.
The number of candidates eyeing the gubernatorial position has shot up to six.
The figure is likely to increase to 10 as the potential aspirants openly declare that “the seat is vacant”.
There are six constituencies in Uasin Gishu. Each one of them has produced a candidate.
It has dawned on Mandago that he cannot retain his plum post by entirely relying on the Kalenjin vote, considering that he was elected with a landslide by other communities in 2013, while riding on the banner of the William Ruto’s United Republican Party.