Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago says he has amicably agreed to work as a team with his main competitor in the Senate seat race – Kipchumba Karori, “for a better Uasin Gishu”.
The two, faced each other, in the recently concluded United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations which Mandago was declared the winner.
According to results announced at the County Tallying Centre on Friday, April 15, 2022, Mandago garnered 63,167 ahead of Karori who had 45,347.
Broadcaster Robert Arap Kemei was third with 23,957
Karori however disputed the results claiming the governor used county staff to rig the nominations.
He has already filed a case before the UDA Elections and Nominations Board seeking a repeat of the exercise.
The board had confirmed received of the case which it said they were handling with a verdict expected to have been delivered by Thursday, April 21, 2022.
A case challenging Jonathan Bii Chelilim’s win for the gubernatorial nominations is also before the board.
But even before the board makes a ruling on the merit of the application, the governor says they have since agreed to work as a team.
In a post on his verified Facebook page, the governor invited supporters of the youthful layer to join them in forming a formidable team.
“We have amicably agreed to work as a team for a better Uasin Gishu. We invite our supporters to join us and work together as one United Democratic Alliance (UDA) formidable team. “Usiweke Siasa kwa roho, weka kwa lungs”,” Mandago said in the post.
He also posted a past photo of the two.
It however remains unclear whether Mandago and Karori held a meeting and agreed to work together or not.
But even as the UDA Disputes Resolution Committee handles cases challenging the nomination results, it is reported that Deputy President William Ruto had scheduled a meeting with all UDA aspirants, both those who won and lost, in Nairobi.
The meeting is expected to help calm down differences that might have arisen among aspirants, especially in areas that had disputed results.