The war of words between Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi continues to intensify even as there is a divided opinion as to whether the county boss should vie for the Senate seat in 2022 or not.
Mandago has now downplayed Sudi’s opposition to his Senatorial bid, insisting that it all lies squarely on the people.
Speaking in a recent event in Moi’sbridge, Soy Sub County, the governor asked locals not to be worried about the legislator’s stand.
“Wananchi ndio wadosi kwa sababu hao ndio wanapiga kura. Msisumbuke na maneno ya Sudi. Sudi kura yake ni moja, kura ndio hii ya wananchi,” Mandago said.
Countering the Kapseret MP’s assertions that the Senate seat was ‘too small’ for a governor who has served two terms, the County Boss said Senate was a national seat.
Sudi had suggested that Mandago should drop his ambitions for an elective seat and join Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential campaign at a national level.
“People should understand that Senate is a national seat and Senate is a place where decisions are made on funds that will go to counties. I have the experience of what counties need and I will use it to push for more resources to devolved units,” Mandago noted.
The governor named the need for more resources to facilitate hiring and pay for the Vocational and Technical Colleges (VTCs) and better remuneration for Early Childhood Education (ECD) teachers as some of the areas that will be top of his priority.
Mandago also said there are many laws hindering the success of devolution that would need the input of experienced politicians like him to be amended.
He further dismissed fears that if elected Senator, he would engage in endless fights with his successor.
“Mimi siwezi sumbua gavana, wale wanasumbua magavana ni wabunge na maseneta ambao wako na maono ya kutaka kuwa magavana. Mimi nimemalizana na hiyo mambo ya Ugavana, nataka kutunga sheria na kuhakikisha pesa inakuja mashinani…yaani hii mambo ya bottom up.”– Jackson Mandago, Goveror Uasin Gishu County.
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