Kapseret MP Race: 5 Aspirants Seeking To Unseat Oscar Sudi

Even before the 2022 general election campaigns officially kick-off, there have been heightened political activities across not only Uasin Gishu County but also nationally.

Aside from the presidential campaigns that have started in earnest, all other seats, from Member of County Assembly (MCA) to gubernatorial have also attracted huge interest, with aspirants positioning themselves and setting up their campaign strategies.

In Kapseret Constituency, at least 5 candidates have so far publicly declared their interest to battle incumbent Oscar Kipchumba Sudi.

MP Oscar Sudi at a past rally in Eldoret town.

Sudi is seeking to retain the seat for the third consecutive term, having been first elected Member of Parliament in 2013 on the then United Republican Party (URP) ticket, before being re-elected in 2017 on a Jubilee party ticket.

In 2022, Sudi will be seeking to get another term, using the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, a party whose leader is Deputy President William Ruto.

His parliamentary bid is, however, facing stiff competition from 5 aspirants, at least for now, key among them being Steve Kewa, a businessman who gave the MP a run for his money ahead of the Jubilee party primaries.

Steve Kewa.

Kewa is hoping to be lucky this time around and capture the UDA ticket, at the expense of Sudi, a key ally of DP Ruto.

Former Eldoret South Member of Parliament David Koros is also in the race to unseat the vocal MP.

Koros served as the Eldoret South MP from 2002 to 2007, a period he was elected on a KANU ticket before he lost to Peris Simam, who also served for one term before the constituency was reconstituted to form part of the now Kapseret.

Francis Murgor, American-trained finance, and biomedical technology expert is another aspirant for the Kapseret parliamentary seat.

Francis Murgor (R), who is one of the aspirants in Kapseret, speaking during a youth event on December 12, 2021. Photo Source: The Star

Former Kapseret/Simat MCA Pauline Tuwei will also be going for the seat for a second time, after failing in 2017.

Tuwei served as MCA between 2013 and 2017.

Jonathan Tuwei is another candidate in the race.

A majority of the individuals eyeing the Kapseret MP seat are allied to UDA and will be facing off in the party primaries expected to be held between March and May 2022.

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