I Will Close Office for Two Months to Look For Senate Seat Votes – Mandago


Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has promised to stage a mother of all campaigns as he seeks to become Senator.

Mandago is serving his last term as the governor and has already declared that he will be vying for the Senate seat.

Speaking during a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) aspirants’ meeting at Uasin Gishu party offices, the county boss said immediately after the upcoming Eldoret rally that will be graced by Deputy President William Ruto, he will be retreating to the grassroots to look for the votes.

“After this rally, let’s meet at the grassroots. I will close the office for two months so that I focus on seeking support for my bid, then I’ll come back to hand over,” Mandago said.

The Eldoret rally is scheduled for this Saturday, January 8, 2022.

In the Senate race, the governor will be facing off among others broadcaster Robert Arap Kemei, and lawyers Kipchumba Karori and Edward Yator.

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Mandago also noted that he has already started preparing a handover report that will be given to his successor.

He says the report is now at 50 percent complete.

“Those looking to succeed me, don’t worry. I am drafting a report that I will hand over to you. It will have both assets and liabilities,” Mandago said.

The governor was first elected in 2013 on a then United Republican Party (URP) ticket and won re-election in 2017 on a Jubilee ticket.

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With party primaries expected to be held in April 2022, Mandago says after that, the focus will shift to seeking presidential votes for Deputy President William Ruto.

He asked those that will lose in the nominations to stick with the party, rather than seeking to vie as independent candidates.

A recent meeting of UDA aspirants in Uasin Gishu.

“Once we are done with nominations, we don’t want to hear people saying they will be independent candidates. We should actually assume independent candidates don’t exist,” the governor said.

According to Mandago, unity among aspirants after nominations will be key in ensuring DP Ruto gets a resounding win.

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“We will move out as teams and do door-to-door campaigns in areas we know has a low support base for our candidate. The reason we have to do this is that the people we’re competing with have a notion that when they lose, it is because their votes have been stolen. We should win with a margin that will have no room for doubt,” said the vocal county boss.

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