Pesa Yenu Nimewachungia! Mandago Dismiss Claims He’s Seeking Senate Seat to Cover up Corrupt Deals

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Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has dismissed his competitors whom he accuses of going around claiming that he has opted to vie for the Senate seat so as to cover up corrupt deals he was involved in as county boss.

The governor is serving his second and last term. He was first elected in 2013 and has opted to vie for the Senate seat in the August 9 polls.

Speaking during a meet-the-people tour in Rurigi, Olare, and Ainabkoi, Mandago assured Uasin Gishu locals that all money channeled to the county during his tenure was safe.

Mandago speaks to locals during a meet-the-people-tour in Rurigi on April 5, 2022.

He noted that had he been involved in corrupt deals, he would be among governors facing corruption charges.

People that investigate whether public money has been lost or not are the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations, and the Auditor General. None of them have had a case against me so those saying I want to be Senator to cover up things I have done are merely playing politics,” Mandago told locals.

There are governors that have been arrested by EACC and taken to court, have you heard me being mong them?” he asked the locals.

The county boss now says individuals opposed to his Senate bid are those that hoped they would loot under his administration but they never got the chance as all loopholes were sealed.

Mandago drumming up support for his Senatorial bid.

He said a recent awarding as the best governor in Rift Valley during the 2022 County Gala Awards is a clear indication that he has performed well during his 10-year reign.

Pesa yenu nimewachungia (I have taken good care of your money),” Mandago said adding that “those saying I stole public funds are cartels because I never gave them a chance to steal and when they heard I was going for the senate, they are rattled they will never get a chance to ‘eat’.”

Mandago is battling to be the third Senator of Uasin Gishu County.

He is eyeing the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket where he will battle youthful lawyer Kipchumba Karori and broadcaster Robert Arap Kemei for the nomination set for April 14, 2022.

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