- Buzeki is from Ainabkoi subcounty while Koech is from Turbo.
- He has identified access to quality healthcare as one of the major challenges in Uasin Gishu.
Independent Uasin Gishu governor aspirant Bundotich Buzeki has launched his manifesto and unveiled his running mate Rueben Koech.
Buzeki’s detailed manifesto is hinged on transforming the county into a wealthy region with unique environment for flourishing trade and jobs for the youth.
“Koech will soon attain his doctorate. He is a staunch Christian with strong family values and is a great friend. I discussed with him and consulted widely before I decided that he becomes my running mate,” Buzeki said.
Buzeki is from Ainabkoi subcounty while Koech is from Turbo, which had not produced any of the top county seats in the past elections.
“I picked Koech after interviewing 12 very good aspirants recommended to me by elders,” Buzeki said in Kenmosa village.
He said he lost the last elections narrowly to outgoing Governor Jackson Mandago because the Nasa team led ODM chief Raila Odinga endorsed Mandago at the last minute.
“The endorsement shifted more than 70,000 votes from me to Mandago and we lost and said there will be another day to fight. The day has now come and we now want to take the county to the next level,” Buzeki said.
He had identified access to quality healthcare as one of the major challenges in Uasin Gishu which he would tackle effectively if elected, he said.
Buzeki is considered a top contender for the governor seat in the largely cosmopolitan county where he pledged to include all communities in his administration.
He will face off with UDA nominee Jonathan Bii popularly known as Koti Moja.
Buzeki has urged residents to choose quality leadership over party.
Two weeks ago allies of Deputy President William Ruto urged residents to vote six-piece and ignore independent candidates on August 9.
Voting for a party almost always produces bad leaders, Buzeki said.
The county is one of the strongholds of Ruto and by extension his party UDA.
His allies have heavily criticised independent candidates, terming them sellouts being used to undermine the DP in his home region.
The allies who included Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ngeno, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa spoke at a prayer rally in Eldoret.
They named the independents they want rejected at the ballot: Buzeki, Kesses MP Swarup Mishra, who will be defending his seat, Moiben MP Silas Tiren and Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut, among others.
But Buzeki said he will not be distracted by Ruto allies' focus on six-piece voting.
He has campaigned extensively in the region, going against the UDA wave.
Edited by Henry Makori