Jonathan Bii Chelilim’s Uasin Gishu gubernatorial bid has received yet another boost after former legislator Peris Simam declared her support for him.
Simam, a former Member of Parliament for Eldoret South, has been in the race for the gubernatorial seat, but has now dropped her ambitions, and declared support for Bii, commonly referred to as ‘Koti Moja’.
Speaking at Mwanzo estate in Langas, the former MP compared Jonathan Bii to the biblical David, whose anointing to be Israel’s King was first dismissed – because he was too young.
“I join other Uasin Gishu locals in supporting Koti Moja. I have been seeking to be the governor but I believe it is God who chooses the leader,” Peris Simam said.
“Nikiwapeleka kwa Bibia, walipokua wanamchagua Daudi watu walikua wanamdharau na Daudi wa Uasin Gishu ni koti moja. Watu wanasema ana koti moja, dynasties wanasema wanataka mtu ako na pesa lakini kama mama nasema gavana wa Uasin Gishu ni huyu anadharauliwa,” noted the former MP.
Jonathan Bii Chelilim adopted the name Koti Moja that people used to call him for always showing up in one type of coat. He, however, decided to make it his campaign tag, alongside ‘Gavana wa Raia’.
The latest endorsement adds to that of the Muslim Community and locals in the Huruma estate.
As of now, Jonathan Bii is among the favorites to clinch the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket for Uasin Gishu.
He will be battling among others Soy MP Caleb Kositany, former ambassadors Sarah Serem and Prof Julius Bitok as well as current Ng’enyilel Member of County Assembly David Sing’oei and Veska Kangogo, formerly a Devolution County Executive Committee Member in Nairobi.