Governor Jackson Mandago during a past political event. PHOTO|FILE
A section of Uasin Gishu leaders have endorsed Governor Jackson Mandago for the county’s senatorial seat in 2022 when his second and final term ends.
Mandago has been under pressure from a section of locals who insist the county boss would be in a better position to lead the county in the Senate after his second term as governor.
Speaking at a function in Plateau area in Uasin Gishu county recently, Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut told Mandago to be prepared for the senatorial contest.
Chepkut argued once the governor becomes a senator, he will use his experience in running a county government to make laws that will strengthen devolution.
“I want to ask you (Mandago) to go for the Senate seat. The people of Ainabkoi have asked me to tell you to go for the seat when your term comes to an end,” Chepkut said amid cheers during an official launch of a water project in Ng’atit, Ainabkoi constituency.
When his time came to address the gathering, Mandago kept off the endorsement debate, but gave an indication he might actually be heading to the Senate in 2022.
“I have heard what you have said. Plateau (in Ainabkoi) is where residents urged me contest for governor and because of the pressure, I went for the seat,” the governor said.
Uasin Gishu senatorial seat is currently held by Margaret Kamar who is said to be eyeing the gubernatorial seat in 2022.
Kamar is, however, yet to declare her interest in the top county seat.
Mandago’s archrival, businessman Zedekiah Bundotich, popularly known as Buzeki of the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party and former KANU politician Jonathan Bii who recently decamped to Jubilee party, have both declared intentions to succeed the govenor.
Buzeki was second in the gubernatorial race in the 2017 General Election.