Uasin Gishu billionaire businessman Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki has hinted that he will be officially launching his gubernatorial campaigns in the next few days.
Buzeki has already announced that he will be vying for the seat as an independent candidate.
Up to now, the businessman is yet to start his campaigns as is the case with his competitors, most of who are seeking the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.
It has been interpreted that Buzeki is waiting to know who will be flying the UDA ticket before he kicks off his campaigns.
According to a post on his Facebook page, the billionaire businessman says his campaigns will be ‘purely on the ideas that we have to address our Socio-economic needs‘.
“I want to assure UG residents that I am firmly on their case. In the next few weeks, we will be hitting the ground to sell our developmental agendas,” he said in part of the post.
Adding that: “Our discussion will be purely on the ideas that we have to address our Socio-economic needs. We want your support to change political equations in our County. We want to put your needs above the needs of the usual politicians.”
Buzeki vied for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat in 2017, twice losing to Governor Jackson Mandago – first in the Jubilee party primaries and second in the general election where he had vied as an independent candidate.
He staged a massive and we’ll coordinated campaign that he almost succeeded in beating Mandago.
In a past public address, Buzeki said he would have won in 2017, had the National Super Alliance (NASA) comprised of ODM, Wiper, Ford Kenya, and ANC parties not endorsed Mandago.
Towards the end of the 2017 campaigns, NASA principals, led by Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi while at a rally at 64 stadium, in Eldoret town, asked their supporters to vote for Mandago.
This was based on the assumption that Buzeki was a project of Deputy President William Ruto – claims the billionaire businessman said were propaganda his opponents used to win the election.
At the time Buzeki was enjoying the support of non-Kalenjins and NASA’s endorsement of his competitor was a blow.
Uasin Gishu is dominated by the Kalenjin community but the non-Kalenjins account for over 150,000 votes of the total votes in the county which stands at over 400,000.