After losing to governor Jackson Mandago in 2013 during the heated United Republican party’s (URP) preliminaries, Kenya’s ambassador to Pakistan Dr Julius Bitok is considered a possible frontrunner in the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial race for the approaching 2022 general election.
Actually, Bitok is very likely to come out as a scare to other candidates eyeing the seat, basing on his links and seems to have already won it in advance.
This has everything to do with his humbleness whereby he has been transversing the county visiting different villages and attending functions including making donations this has helped him build a base ahead of 2022.
Earlier this month through his foundation he donated face masks and sanitizers to various Boda Boda sacco’s within the county to help in the fight against spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
The latter has also been very close to Uasin gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, the county’s ultimate political chief, and this added to his popularity makes him the governor in waiting.
In 2017, he opted out of the race where he supported Mandago’s reelection and he has been appearing in the company of the Governor and other top leaders in the county. His closeness with the governor suggests that the two are enjoying a good political relationship.
Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat is expected to have many aspirants with Business Mogul Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki expected to try his luck for the seat once again after loosing narrowly to Mandago in 2017.
Several other leaders have been rumoured to be interested in the top county job among them Senator Prof. Margaret Kamar, Kesses MP Dr Swarup Mishra and former TSC commissioner Cleophas Tirop.