5 Former Uasin Gishu MPs Plotting Political Comeback

5 Former Uasin Gishu MPs Plotting Political Comeback

It is about five months to the next general elections and politicians eyeing various seats are out looking for support from voters.

Six elective positions will be up for grabs – from President to Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

We take a look at some of the former Members of Parliament in Uasin Gishu County who are hoping to make a political comeback in the upcoming polls;

Samuel Chepkonga

Chepkonga served for a single term from 2013-2017 before losing to the current Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut.

During his tenure, the MP was among the vocal leaders and chaired the powerful Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

But pundits said he failed to win re-election for focusing too much on national issues, in the process losing touch with the ground.

He hopes to correct the mistakes as he seeks another term.

James Bett

He is a former MP for Kesses and will be trying his luck to win back the seat that he lost to Dr. Swarup Mishra in 2017.

Bett was first elected in 2013 on a then United Republican Party (URP) ticket and is hoping to clinch the UDA ticket.

Edwin Barchilei

This is another first-term MP hoping to make a comeback.

The youthful legislator lost to Caleb Kositany during the Jubilee party primaries, but with the current MP seeking the gubernatorial seat, he hopes locals will vote him back.

He is however faced with strong opposition from among others the current Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat and former Senator Isaac Melly.

David Koros

Koros is a former MP for the then Eldoret South Constituency. Ahead of the upcoming poll, he is eyeing to unseat Oscar Sudi as the MP for Kapseret.

David Koros served as Eldoret South MP for one term, from 2002 to 2007 before losing to Peris Simam in the 2007 elections.

Elisha Busienei

Having served as a former councilor, Elisha Busienei was elected Turbo MP in 2013 but lost the seat in 2017 to Janet Rotic.

Busienei is hoping for a comeback as he seeks to battle among others the current MP, Eldoret Municipality Board Chair Juliu Kitur, former ODM Uasin Gishu chairman David Songok and singer Moses Sirgoi for the UDA ticket.

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