Uasin Gishu gubernatorial aspirant Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki has exuded confidence that he will win the seat in the upcoming poll.
Buzeki will be vying as an independent candidate.
This will be the second time the billionaire businessman will be vying for the seat, after being unsuccessful in the first attempt in 2017.
He says he narrowly lost the seat to Governor Jackson Mandago after the National Super Alliance (NASA) supported the county boss towards the end of the campaign period.
According to Buzeki, NASA supported Mandago following falsehoods that he was Deputy President William Ruto’s project.
“When Mandago saw that I had an upper hand in the race, he sought help from NASA because they were told that I am Ruto’s project, and this was a lie,” noted the businessman.
He insists that without NASA’s endorsement of Mandago, today he would be governor.
Mandago won re-election after garnering 193,606 votes against Buzeki who had 148,121 votes.
“Because of NASA, we shared the over 75,000 votes they got in the county. This clearly shows that I would have won the seat,” he said.
Until NASA said ‘Mandago tosha’ Buzeki was almost assured of all the non-Kalenjin votes in Uasin Gishu.
But despite the loss, the billionaire businessman is optimistic that his time will finally come in the upcoming general election.
“Safari hii tuko wengi. Na nitakuja kuomba kura bila kuwashurutisha,” he said.
And having already said that he will be an independent candidate, Buzeki says he has no preferred candidate among those seeking to fly the UDA ticket.
The Uasin Gishu gubernatorial race has attracted a number of political heavyweights.
Some of them include Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Kenyan Ambassador to Pakistan Prof Julius Bitok, and Jonathan Bii Chelilim.
Others are former SRC chairperson Sarah Serem, Nairobi CECM Veska Kangogo, and Ng’enyilel MCA David Sing’oei.