Marathoner Kipsang and runner Bungei will sprint for Parliament

Former Beijing Olympic 800M Gold medalist Wilfred Bungei speaking in Kapsabet./FILE
Former Beijing Olympic 800M Gold medalist Wilfred Bungei speaking in Kapsabet./FILE

Former marathon world-record holder Wilson Kipsang and former 800m champion Wilfred Bungei will soon launch their political bids for 2017.

Kipsang said he would vie for the Keiyo South parliamentary seat.

The 34-year-old runner will vie against MP Jackson Kiptanui, who is reported to be interested in running for Elgeyo Marakwet governor.

“I will be in the race because I have a desire to contribute to the development in Keiyo South and uplift the lives of our people,” he said.

Kipsang added, “I understand the region well and have the capacity to serve Keiyo South in a better way as MP.”

On Sunday he will have a graduation party at Muskut Primary School where he will explain his plans. He is likely to run on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Kipsang said if elected he will fight for legislation to support the welfare of athletes.

Bungei recently said he will run for the Emgwen seat in Nandi, a post currently held by MP Alex Kosgey.

“I will launch my campaigns very soon,” he said.

In Keiyo South, Kipsang will face Elgeyo Marakwet county assembly speaker Albert Kochei who has said he will run on a Jubilee Party ticket.

“As the speaker I have played my role in setting up a strong assembly as an institution for the county, but I now feel I am well placed to move up the ladder and represent my people in Parliament,” Kochei said.

Also in the race for the same seat will be ODM’s Micah Kigen, who has been fighting for the rights of communities in Kerio Valley where mining activities have displaced many families.

The region is a Jubilee Party stronghold, but Kigen says residents are enlightened enough and have the capacity to elect him based on his record.