Soy Member of Parliament United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominee David Kiplagat has given up on efforts to try to convince Dr. Elias Kipchumba Melly to drop out of the race.
Since UDA nominations in mid-April, there have been talks aimed at convincing losers to back the winners.
In Soy Constituency, the majority of those that lost to the Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker have since accepted to work with the winner – among them Julius Korir, alias ‘Power’ who finished second.
But Dr. Melly, who finished third in the race has opted to vie for the seat as an independent candidate, despite an alleged earlier agreement to drop out of the race.
“We all went to see our party leader Deputy President William Ruto and those that were in the race and lost accepted to support me, only for Dr. Melly to three days later say he was vying as an independent candidate,” Kiplagat said in a press statement shared on his official Facebook page.
The County Assembly Speaker says he has severally tried to reach out to Dr. Melly through other channels after declining to pick his calls, but efforts to have him drop out of the race have failed to bear fruits.
And with the Alexandria Group of Hospitals founder insisting he will be on the ballot, David Kiplagat now says he is ready to face him.
He however wants him to stop clinging to the name of DP Ruto.
“Deputy President does not have any independent candidate. Anyone saying he is supporting DP Ruto yet he is independent is a lier,” said DK who is currently serving as the assembly speaker since 2017.
He also accused Dr. Melly of working with politicians allied to the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition, among them Kipkorir Menjo, the ODM National Executive Committee Member.
“We know you have been meeting with Menjo and Tiren (Moiben MP) at Boma Inn and another hotel in Elgon View. We have evidence. It seems Azimio has lied to some politicians that there is a way they can be supported to vie as independent candidates in Uasin Gishu,” Kiplagat said.
Tiren is however not allied to Azimio as claimed by the Speaker. He is vying for the Moiben MP seat as an independent candidate.