Uasin Gishu UDA nominee for the gubernatorial seat in the upcoming poll Jonathan Bii Chelilim has started reaching out to former competitors in efforts to form a formidable team ahead of the August 9 poll.
Bii popularly known as Koti Moja secured a UDA ticket after beating seven other aspirants that were eyeing the seat.
The gubernatorial nomination results were however rejected by some aspirants among them former Kenyan Ambassador to Pakistan Prof. Julius Bitok who unsuccessfully contested before the UDA Elections and Nominations Disputes Resolutions Committee.
And after he was issued with the final nomination certificate last week, Bii has now reached out to those that he won against.
On Saturday, Koti Moja hosted three of his competitors in two separate events.
He first met with former Kenyan Ambassador to China Sarah Serem who finished third in the race.
“I have this morning held an elaborate engagement with Hounorable Ambassador Sarah Serem, one of my gubernatorial competitors in the just concluded UDA party primaries,” he posted on his official Facebook page.
“Our engagement basically centred on working together for the collective good of our people far beyond our individual political ambitions, especially on matters development and progress,” he added.
Koti Moja later held a meeting with two other aspirants – Ng’enyilel MCA David Sing’oei and Kiprarbei Maritim alias ‘Gavana wa Baiskeli.
After the meeting, Jonathan Bii Chelilim said the two had agreed that they work together with him.
“I have made a candid resolve of fostering an inclusive leadership agenda by reaching out to my previous competitors and am grateful to Hon. David Sing’oei and Kiptarbei Maritim alias Governor wa Baiskeli, for their flexible resolve in so far as working together is concerned,” he said in part of his Facebook post.
He noted that as much as they might have had a conflict of ideas, wishes, and aspirations for the people of Uasin Gishu “by concentrating our collective efforts towards the same desire, we’ll undoubtedly achieve far beyond what our sole efforts could possibly do.”
Other individuals who were in the race are Soy MP Caleb Kositay and former Nairobi County Devolution Executive Veska Kangogo.
Koti Moja who unsuccessfully vied for the Soy MP seat in 2017 will be facing billionaire businessman Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki who is vying as an independent candidate