Battle lines drawn in Keiyo south Parliamentary race as candidates lock horns

14 Jan

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From Right; County Speaker Hon. Albert Kochei, Businessman Mr. Daniel Rono alias Kamlesh and the County ODM Secretary Mr. Micah Kigen. The all have their eyes trained on Keiyo South Parliamentary seat.

By Dennis Bett

Battle lines are already drawn in the volatile Keiyo South constituency as a chunk of aspirants have announced their plans to replace the current MP Jackson Kiptanui who has been raring to go for a gubernatorial race after pressure was mounted on him by the political bigwigs to run on a Jubilee ticket.

Several candidates eyeing KS parliamentary seat are laying down campaign strategies with most of them having higher expectations that they will beat the race.

In Keiyo South Constituency of Elgeyo Marakwet County, eighteen candidates have already declared interest in replacing the current MP Jackson Kiptanui.

Some of them include the county Speaker Albert Kochei, Businessman Daniel Rono, County ODM Secretary General Micah Kigen, Businessman Brian Chebii, Ampath Country Director Felix Chumba, Former Athlete Wilson Kipsang among others who are keen to take control of Keiyo south.

Being Deputy President William Ruto’s political base, most of the candidates in the region will be seeking to vie on a Jubilee ticket.

County assembly Speaker Albert Kochei has declared that he will be running on a jubilee ticket and is ready to bring development reforms to the constituency through proper legislation.

The vocal Kochei is banking on the exemplary performance of Elgeyo Marakwet county assembly, having been ranked among the top in the number of bills it has passed among the 47 assemblies.

When officially declaring interest for the Keiyo South Parliamentary seat 4 months ago, Kochei said that he has brought reforms to the county assembly including construction of an MCAs office in every ward to ensure that the people pass their grievances on time as opposed to travelling to the county headquarters.

“My record as the Elgeyo County Assembly Speaker speaks for itself. What the county government of Elgeyo has achieved today is because of a good relationship between the executive led by Governor Tolgos and the Assembly which I lead.”

Kochei unsuccessfully contested for Elgeyo Marakwet gubernatorial seat in 2013, whereby he lost to Alex Tolgos and could later be appointed to be the county speaker after supporting Tolgos bid after the nominations.

According to a powerful political figure in the constituency, Kochei has higher chances of being elected bearing in mind that he has been in active politics since 2013, traversing the constituency in development issues.

Kochei enjoys an inordinate following in Metkei and Kabiemit and Chepkorio  wards.

Daniel Rono alias ‘Kamlesh’ has been laying ground to vie for the Parliamentary seat since 2016, and it’s now clear that he has his eyes set on the Keiyo South constituency.

Kamlesh philanthropy demonstrated in huge sums of money he gives during harambees has earned him a good name and is considered among the favorites in clinching the seat.

A source close to Kamlesh intimated to this writer that he has received blessings from the current Keiyo South Mp Jackson Kiptanui who is fronting him after defeating him in 2007 and 2013 during the last minutes even when it was clear that he could win the race.

Another common name is that of Micah Kigen who was considered a favorite candidate to win the ODM nomination in 2007 but eventually lost to the current MP Jackson Kiptanui in a nomination exercise marred with claims of rigging.

The race was hotly contested whereby the residents had vowed to render Nicholas Biwott who had ruled the constituency for 28 years jobless.

However, Kigen will be running on an ODM ticket, and is likely to intensify the political temperatures during the final elections in August bringing a political duel between the rivals Jubilee and Cord parties.

He has a massive following within the lowlands of Soy-North and Soy South wards as he has earned a name because he has been agitating for Fluorspar Company re-opening. Its closure rendered most of the residents jobless hence bringing down the economy of the area whose main activity is mining.

On the other hand, Felix Chumba Alias ‘kiplele’ has been blowing hot and cold that he will beat the race through his hyped campaign strategy.

There are reports that the local MP is still weighing on whether to support Kamlesh or Kiplele for the hot seat.

He is a new entrance to the race has higher chances of clinching the seat depending on the political waves and last minute dynamics.

Another common name is that of athlete Wislon Kipsang who recently announced his interests to run for the seat.

The former professional athlete and a two times Marathon record holder is trying to emulate his fellow athlete and the current Cherangany Member of Parliament Wisely Korir who successfully vied and won the seat in 2013.

Kipsang has announced that he is going to champion for athletes rights in terms of payments and ensure that more athletes are sponsored in the country.

However, in the history of Keiyo South political scene, general elections have always been unpredictable, since the last minute has always dictated unexpected candidates emerging from the blues only to win the race.

 

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ROUGH BATTLE; Six line up to unseat Elgeyo governor , Tolgos in 2017

1 Nov

publication1By Dennis Bett

Battle lines have already been drawn in the race for Elgeyo Marakwet governor seat as a chunk of aspirants express their interests, barely 9 months to elections.

The contest for the control of the county which earns revenue of sh. 0.8 billion and sh. 3 billion allocations from the national government is gaining momentum daily with over five aspirants having so far expressed their interest to unseat incumbent Eng. Alex Tanui Tolgos.

Governor Tolgos is headed to be Jubilee and is expected to face a rough battle from the aspirants who have also announced their plans to ride on the famous Jubilee ticket.

The Jubilee ticket has attracted at least five powerful candidates among them, the Auditor Benard Chepkilei, Sasini Group of Companies Director Moses Changwony, Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui, Businessman Livingstone Talel, among others who have vowed to render Tolgos Jobless in 2017.

Sources close to this writer have intimated that, Tolgos under his new outfit and campaign strategy is going to drop out the current Deputy Governor Gabriel Lamaon and pair with a counterpart from Keiyo South as a way of dispelling the romours that his leadership is linked to ethnicity-Marakwet Community.

On the other hand, Changwony is playing safe and has considered negotiating with 2013 gubernatorial aspirant alias Kwomba Chebor from Marakwet East Sub-County as a way of winning the majority of voters in the area.

Jackson Kiptanui is raring to fling the incumbent governor by partnering with the Former Marakwet East MP, Linah Kilimo who is viewed by many critics as a political catalyst in Marakwet, who will win the hearts of the entire Marakwet community.

Auditor Chapkulei has not yet announced his outfit although speculations have it that his running mate may be picked from Marakwet West Sub-County since he has a major following in Marakwet East and Keiyo North Sub-Counties- also considering that governor Tolgos has a massive following.

“Elgeyo Marakwet receives Sh. 3 billion from the Treasury and another Sh. 0.8 billion from ordinary revenue. In the last three years, Elgeyo has received Sh. 8 billion, but there is nothing to show and to be happy for,” a candidate was quoted saying.

According to analysis done recently by political pundits across the county, if the three candidates from the Keiyo Community run up to the final nominations, they will give Tolgos a free ride to the final elections-considering that numbers will play out during the entire elections.

Togos enjoys a commanding lead of 29 per cent; Jakson Kamai comes second with 27 per cent and Changwony at 13 per cent while Benard Chepkulei who had earlier enjoyed the highest ratings now trends at 7 percent while Abraham Talel enjoys only 2 percent ratings.

However, a whole 22% of Elgeyans’ are still undecided on whom they would vote in as the Governor.

Tolgos, known for his financial muscle acquired from the county, said he will seek for re-election to complete the projects he claims he initiated in the first term.

“I will definitely be on the ballot next year. There are many projects that I initiated in my first term in office and they have not matured. We want to tell those people saying that we are not performing to give us a break,” Angry Tolgos said in a recent function in Soy South ward.

Insiders have hinted that Tolgos has already assembled his campaign team, and will in the course of the year, launch his re-election campaign plan.

“We don’t need to publicize everything we do. The kind of campaigns we are going to mount, I assure you, nobody will match. Let the others make noise, we are studying them,” said the source who is familiar with the governor’s activities.

Jackson Kiptanui will also greatly rely on William Ruto’s popularity in Elgeyo Marakwet and hopes that none of the aspirants within the KANU Party and CHAMA CHA MASHINANI (CCM) -field candidates.

He is also counting on the Keiyo South Constituency to rally behind him as it did in the 2013 elections during the MPs race where he won at a landslide thrashing his opponents with a very wide margin.

However, Tolgos opponents are working on inter-community alliances, possibly to divide his supporters and dwindle his re-election fortunes-as he is expected to be the only candidate fronted by the Marakwet Community as opposed to Keiyo where there are copious aspirants.

They are expected to coalesce their vicious campaigns around the “poor services offered by his administration.”

Chepkulei, who has received the blessings of the Keiyo North Elders and Businessmen within the County, said residents are going to benefit if he is going to be elected as he is going to end Nepotism, Resource distribution will be shared equally and he will lead without fear of favour.

“Tolgos is a big letdown. He has failed to deliver the bare minimum. Nepotism and unequal distribution of resources has been the order of the day. This should end,” shouted a resident in Keiyo North Sub-County during a recent event attended by the governor.

Changwony on his side said he will mount a “serious, well-organized and well-oiled campaign” that addresses the challenges facing residents.

Battle for Elgeyo governor’s seat gains momentum, as Details of candidates running mates Emerge

31 Oct

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From Right; County Governor Alex Tolgos, Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui and Sasini Group of Companies CEO Moses Changwony. They all have their eyes trained on the Elgeyo Governors seat in 2017.

By Dennis Bett

Battle lines have already been drawn in the race for Elgeyo Marakwet governor seat as a chunk of aspirants express their interests, barely 9 months to elections.

The contest for the control of the county which earns revenue of sh. 0.8 billion and sh. 3 billion allocations from the national government is gaining momentum daily with over five aspirants having so far expressed their interest to unseat incumbent Eng. Alex Tanui Tolgos.

Governor Tolgos is headed to be Jubilee and is expected to face a rough battle from the aspirants who have also announced their plans to ride on the famous Jubilee ticket.

The Jubilee ticket has attracted at least five powerful candidates among them, the Auditor Benard Chepkilei, Sasini Group of Companies Director Moses Changwony, Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui, Businessman Livingstone Talel, among others who have vowed to render Tolgos Jobless in 2017.

Sources close to this writer have intimated that, Tolgos under his new outfit and campaign strategy is going to drop out the current Deputy Governor Gabriel Lamaon and pair with a counterpart from Keiyo South as a way of dispelling the romours that his leadership is linked to ethnicity-Marakwet Community.

On the other hand, Changwony is playing safe and has considered negotiating with 2013 gubernatorial aspirant alias Kwomba Chebor from Marakwet East Sub-County as a way of winning the majority of voters in the area.

Jackson Kiptanui is raring to fling the incumbent governor by partnering with the Former Marakwet East MP, Linah Kilimo who is viewed by many critics as a political catalyst in Marakwet, who will win the hearts of the entire Marakwet community.

Auditor Chapkulei has not yet announced his outfit although speculations have it that his running mate may be picked from Marakwet West Sub-County since he has a major following in Marakwet East and Keiyo North Sub-Counties- also considering that governor Tolgos has a massive following.

“Elgeyo Marakwet receives Sh. 3 billion from the Treasury and another Sh. 0.8 billion from ordinary revenue. In the last three years, Elgeyo has received Sh. 8 billion, but there is nothing to show and to be happy for,” a candidate was quoted saying.

According to analysis done recently by political pundits across the county, if the three candidates from the Keiyo Community run up to the final nominations, they will give Tolgos a free ride to the final elections-considering that numbers will play out during the entire elections.

Togos enjoys a commanding lead of 29 per cent; Jakson Kamai comes second with 27 per cent and Changwony at 13 per cent while Benard Chepkulei who had earlier enjoyed the highest ratings now trends at 7 percent while Abraham Talel enjoys only 2 percent ratings.

However, a whole 22% of Elgeyans’ are still undecided on whom they would vote in as the Governor.

Tolgos, known for his financial muscle acquired from the county, said he will seek for re-election to complete the projects he claims he initiated in the first term.

“I will definitely be on the ballot next year. There are many projects that I initiated in my first term in office and they have not matured. We want to tell those people saying that we are not performing to give us a break,” Angry Tolgos said in a recent function in Soy South ward.

Insiders have hinted that Tolgos has already assembled his campaign team, and will in the course of the year, launch his re-election campaign plan.

“We don’t need to publicize everything we do. The kind of campaigns we are going to mount, I assure you, nobody will match. Let the others make noise, we are studying them,” said the source who is familiar with the governor’s activities.

Jackson Kiptanui will also greatly rely on William Ruto’s popularity in Elgeyo Marakwet and hopes that none of the aspirants within the KANU Party and CHAMA CHA MASHINANI (CCM) -field candidates.

He is also counting on the Keiyo South Constituency to rally behind him as it did in the 2013 elections during the MPs race where he won at a landslide thrashing his opponents with a very wide margin.

However, Tolgos opponents are working on inter-community alliances, possibly to divide his supporters and dwindle his re-election fortunes-as he is expected to be the only candidate fronted by the Marakwet Community as opposed to Keiyo where there are copious aspirants.

They are expected to coalesce their vicious campaigns around the “poor services offered by his administration.”

Chepkulei, who has received the blessings of the Keiyo North Elders and Businessmen within the County, said residents are going to benefit if he is going to be elected as he is going to end Nepotism, Resource distribution will be shared equally and he will lead without fear of favour.

“Tolgos is a big letdown. He has failed to deliver the bare minimum. Nepotism and unequal distribution of resources has been the order of the day. This should end,” shouted a resident in Keiyo North Sub-County during a recent event attended by the governor.

Changwony on his side said he will mount a “serious, well-organized and well-oiled campaign” that addresses the challenges facing residents.

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Battle lines drawn as Elgeyo Politicians plot to show dust, discipline Senator Murkomen in 2017

24 Aug

From Left is Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Former Police inspector General (IG) David Kimaiyo and the county Speaker Albert kochei who have eyes trained on the 2017 Senatorial seat.

From left is Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Former Police inspector General David Kimaiyo and the County Speaker Albert Kochei. They all have their eyes trained on the 2017 Senatorial seat.

By Dennis Bett

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is feeling the most heat from politicians keen to unseat him next year.

Perhaps nudged by the perception of the Senate’s diminished political clout, at least 14 aspirants intend to run for the seat, with most of them having been quoted, vowing to discipline Murkomen in 2017 despite his influence and closeness to the bigwigs in Kenyan politics like the Deputy President William Rutto and his Boss Uhuru Kenyatta.

Interviews by this writer suggest stiff competition is in most areas within the county, with critics terming the race as two horse race of which a powerful candidate will drive up to the finals with Murkomen after the party nominations.

Among those who have announced their interest in plunging into the seat are; the former Police Inspector General (IG) David Kimaiyo, Nairobi Businessman Barnabas Boit, Elgeyo Marakwet Regional URP Chairman John Kangogo, Former Registrar of Judiciary Gladys Shollei, County Speaker Albert Kochei among other who are keen to unseat the incumbent Murkomen.

Senator Murkomen has been doing regular visits across the county participating in events like fund raising and other projects, as he is now facing an uphill task in defending his seat following the entry of new powerful rivals in the race to 2017.

Physical confrontations have been evident in some fora where for instance Nicholas Biwott slammed the Senator during Rimoi game reserve opening ceremony terming him as a flying Senator when the electorate are suffering from infrastructural problems in his presence.

“If I face Murkomen in the nominations, I will defeat him and when it comes to the ballot I will still show him the door. I am ready to take over from him as the Senator of this county,” vowed one of the aspirants who was recently quoted during a public event.

But Murkomen claims no other candidate is better than him.

“Most of you see me flying through a chopper. You know I am the DP spanner boy. He has been sending me to campaign for him ahead of 2022 presidential elections; I am also keen not to forget advocating for Elgeyo Marakwet for a bigger share. That is why I give more money during harambees,” said Mr Murkomen in a recent fundraiser at Kaptagat Secondary School and has also been quoted severally saying so.
However, the Senator has been defending himself from the electorate who have branded him “the sky team” while claiming that he is overspending with the chopper. He has always maintained that they are haters who only want him to remain poor forever.

“The Sky Team was a nebulous thing it never existed… It was a perception pushed by those who believe that some of us cannot use helicopters because we are poor. There is a general feeling that that if you are from a poor background you must remain poor,” laments Murkomen.

I am taunted on a daily basis by Gideon Moi and Nicholas Biwott about my class. They think that I should forever remain poor.”

He continues to say; “I receive invitations for a minimum of 15 events every weekend in my county and since I cannot attend to all of them I choose which one to attend. Pooling resources is our pragmatic way of making the most out of such situations because we cover as much aground as possible.” Murkomen was quoted saying.

Murkomen rose to power with heavy ambitions promising to transform Elgeyo Marakwet County into a first class county in terms of development, he could fight equally for opportunities and more allocation of cash to transform various spheres of development.

However, Majority of the people are now up in arms against the senator for the poor road networks across the county with the recent being a rampage held by a section of Marakwet residence in Kapsowar to complain of impassable road linking Iten to Kapsowar.

However, he has always maintained that he is on course in fighting for completion of construction.

 

 

 

 

 

Drama as Senator Murkomen Storms, Disrupts ODM meeting

10 Aug

murkomenElgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen caused a stir at a fund raising that was being presided over by ODM Nominated Senator Agnes Zani and Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire when he stormed the venue in a chopper.

Zani had been sent by Cord leader Raila Odinga to represent him at Lelboinet Africa Inland Church in Keiyo South .

Drama unfolded when Murkomen arrived just as the master of ceremonies, former Kenya’s envoy to South Africa, Tabitha Seii was about to invite Zani to preside over the fund-raising disrupting the programme for more than 10 minutes.

An enraged Seii accused Kipchumba of disrupting the event in a show of might saying that his action showed that Jubilee was scared of the Opposition’s rising popularity ahead of 2017.

However, Murkomen dismissed Seii’s remarks saying he had he right to attend the event as he is also a member of the church.

Do Beautiful women fart?

5 Aug

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There is one art women have mastered. The art of f arting. And most men don’t want to imagine the girl of their dreams blowing out a screamer.

And when they do it in a crowd and you are the only guy, EVERYONE assumes it’s you. Even in a matatu, if you are seated next to gorgeous women and one lets a mobile sewer lose, you still get the blame. And
it happened to me some time back hence the reason I am writing this.

Am sure most people date women for months before they hear them fart.

Guys also have a misconception (or rather they don’t want to condone the reality) that beautiful girls don’t fart. Am not sure whether they assume they were created with a fart-incinerator that burns all the
gas and releases it in the form of sexy smiles!

Men on the other hand are fart machines. They have mastered the art of letting go of LOUD and PROUD flame throwers and laugh at it while blaming the other boys. Sometimes they release what is called the Singing Elephant.

This is when they wait for the room to go dead quieeet and then let off a grim-reaper so loud that the entire room bursts into laughter that sounds like a heard of trumpeting elephants!

Anyway, back to the main topic. It is a biological fact that an average person will produce around half a litre of fart gas per day, which roughly translates as 14 farts a day.

The beauty about biology is it does not care how beautiful you are. If its fourteen farts, its fourteen farts. Does not matter whether you are Semenya or Miss universe. And thats a fact.

But women….? Women yell and complain non-stop about how bad guys fart. Then they act like they fart sunshine, lollipops and kittens yet chances are high that the farts smell like old men. I got news for
ladies today.

I know you will want to claw me, kill me or skin me alive but…. until your farts start smelling like cinnamon buns, either fart loud and deny it instead of releasing silent criminals then watching men and dogs get the blame. Or don’t fart at all. Or even better, leave the farting to men. At least we know how to get the job done.

BY Crazy Nairobian

Graduate youth advised to join informal sector as employment rate trends at 40%

3 Aug

By Dennis Bett

Moi University graduates

Moi University graduates

It is a worrying trend in Kenya that over one million youth are discharged into the labour market each year with only one out of 10 getting the formal market employment.

According to the estimates unemployment in Kenya stood at 40 percent with the youth aged between 15-30 years constituting 67 percent of unemployment by 2011 and has become a concern carrying significant risks including political unrest, crime and terrorism.

A career expert and Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Director Dr. Ahmed Ferej, while releasing the findings at Eldoret Polytechnic during the 5th Annual Conference on Information Advancement for Humanity (IFAH), said employment in the informal sector accounted for about 693,000 representing 82.7 percent of jobs by 2014 which underscores the strengths and resilience of the sector as compared to modern formal sector which created a scant 6 percent jobs within the same year.

He says that the country has turned to TVET with the hope of imparting technical skills and sometimes entrepreneurial skills which would help youth find employment opportunities or opportunities in self-employment.

LABOUR MARKET NEEDS

The career expert quotes that according to Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KBS) much of the informal sectors in the country and has been registered by the local authorities like the county governments as they pay taxes and collect VAT from the Kenya revenue authority hence should look for ways of joining these sectors.

Ferej narrates that TVET institutions should pay more attention to informal sector which more accurately are Small Micro Enterprises (SMEs) as potential employment destinations for its graduates than modern formal sector which represents the labour market destination for the majority.

“Parents teachers and most citizens in investing in their children often presume that the outcome would be modern formal sector for them. In the implementation of its training programs, TVET institutions and Universities are required to send their trainees and learners for industrial attachment to acquire work based experience to complete the learning and training,” TVET director adds.

He advises that learners should take entrepreneurship module since it is difficult for them to think of informal sector as work destination when all their trainings has presumed to prepare them for modern formal sector employment.

SKILLS MISMATCH

The TVET Chief says that these institutions should create eclectic training programs that would serve the needs of both sectors.

“It does not make sense to focus on a sector that is yielding 6 percent of the jobs over the sector that is producing 83 percent of the jobs. Often, we hear of a mismatch of skills imparted by the formal training institutions and those needed in the labour markets,” the Director says explaining that the mismatch is as a result of technological developments that are so rapid that institutions would never hope to be at balance with the labour markets.

This he says that is expensive for institutions to remain relevant both in the curriculum and their training environment.

“They should therefore invest their time and curriculum towards addressing the needs of formal modern labour market or that of informal sector,” he adds.

SOLUTIONS AND WAY FORWARD

Ferej recommends that acquisition of technical skills which UNESCO has approved and providing trainees with a strong foundation in generic skills is important.

He says the skills are communication, entrepreneurship, ICT, negotiations, creativity, problem solving, which he says will help the trainees to negotiate their way to work, change jobs, appreciate and address personal weakness.

He warns graduates against waiting for jobs at home saying that in modern formal sector there are many opportunities around to look.

“The devolved system of government has brought a lot of work like constructing roads schools, and offices. To a Surprise, many of those awarded contracts do not have any technical skill. There have been complaints made on the quality of jobs made by these contractors. I urge the youth with the skills to apply for them and do their work to raise the living.” He says.