Uasin Gishu gubernatorial aspirant Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki has told off politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto following their calls to locals asking them to lock out aspirants seeking seats on a non-UDA ticket.
During an interdenominational funds drive in Chebolol, Kesses constituency, attended by DP Ruto, politicians allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) called for locals to only vote for aspirants that will be vying for the seat using the party.
Led by Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Glady Boss, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kichumba Murkomen, and Aden Duale of Garissa Township among others, the politicians singled out Kesses MP Dr. Mishra Kiprop, Silas Tiren (Moiben), Senator Prof Margaret Kamar alongside Buzeki among leaders that should be voted out in 2022.
The three, elected on Jubilee party ticket, and Buzeki have not yet officially joined UDA, and are seen as against Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.
“All leaders, from MCA to President must be from UDA. This time around, let us elect people that will not turn against us. You (voters) are the ones that make this mistake of electing people who are not loyal, 2022 is the time to correct it,” Murkomen said.
But responding to calls for locals to only vote for UDA candidates, Buzeki wondered why individuals allied to the DP were offended with aspirants that seem to be leaning towards a different political side.
“Why does it OFFEND some people to a POINT of THREATENING others when someone SUPPORTs a person they do not like. SHUT UP! MUNGU ni Yule ako BINGUNI. Wa hapa DUNIANI wengi NI WASH WASH.”– Buzeki tweeted.
The billionaire businessman had sought the Jubilee ticket in 2017 but later opted to vie as an independent candidate after what he termed as unfair party primaries that were won by outgoing governor Jackson Mandago.
He later moved to the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party where he was the Secretary-General before quitting after its party leader Isaac Ruto declared his support for Ruto’s presidential bid.
It now remains to be seen the vehicle Buzeki will use to vie for the gubernatorial seat – even though he has been seen as allied to the handshake team which is led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.