Solomon Kiptarbei Maritim, the Uasin Gishu 2022 gubernatorial aspirant who campaigned using a bicycle has landed a state job.
Kiptarbei was among a host of politicians who sought to fly the UDA flag in last year’s general election.
His use of a bicycle in the campaigns attracted attention – but failed to convince a majority of the UDA members to vote for him in the party primaries.
He finished last in the hotly contested nomination exercise that Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim won.
But over a year in the cold, Kiptarbei is now a state officer.
A Gazette Notice seen by Uasin Gishu News indicates that he was recently appointed to be a member of the Governing Council of Kenya Water Institute (KeWI).
The appointment was made by Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Zacharia Njeru.
“…Solomon Kiptarbei Maritim to be a member of Kenya Water Institute, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from 9th November 2023,” read part of the Gazette Notice dated November 7, 2023.
KEWI as established by the KEWI Act 2001 is mandated to offer training, administer examinations offer research and consultancy services in the wider water sector.
Uasin Gishu UDA poll losers land state jobs
Kiptarbei’s appointment means all individuals who were seeking the Uasin Gishu UDA gubernatorial ticket and lost in the nomination now have a government job.
Other nomination losers who have since landed plum state jobs include Prof Julius Bitok who is the Citizen Services Principal Secretary and Amb Sarah Serem, currently the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Post Office Savings Bank..
Prof Bitok and Amb Serem finished second and third respectively in the UDA nominations.
Veska Kangogo who was also in the race for the UDA ticket is now one of the Kenya Power Directors while former Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany was appointed Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) chairperson after losing in the nominations.