Uasin Gishu county is experiencing one of the most heated political contests in Kenya today.
Several candidates have emerged, seeking to dethrone the incumbents for different elective positions from governor, MP, Senator, MCA and even Women representative positions.
However, it is the gubernatorial race that has elicited immense interest and attracted attention to the county like never before.
As usual, political contests come with the usual challenges and propagandist tactics used in political campaigns to throw opponents off balance.
This rings true even as Mandago’s Communication Head, Mr. Silas Tarus, who was once a KASS FM journalist, has taken it upon himself to create propagandist and false claims about Mandago’s strongest opponent, Buzeki.
The incumbent, governor Jackson Mandago, is on the edge of his seat as he braces for the Jubilee party primaries scheduled for April 21st this year – that’s in about two weeks or so.
His strongest opponent Kiprop Bundotich aka Buzeki, who is leading in most of the constituencies, is giving Mandago’s camp sleepless nights, among other contestants such as Dr. Edward Serem and Felix Butit.
Tarus put together a team of county employees within his department, as well as external youth to run the fake accounts on social media, which are being used to taint reputations of Mandago’s opponents, while spreading false claims and false development projects, which were never set up by the county administration.
This is in a bid to make his boss look ‘good’ in the eyes of the electorate.
His most recent tactic, was to use fake Buzeki&Chomba t-shirts, which were then modified into Mandago campaign merchandise after the plan was revealed to the public.
In yet another botched plan, Tarus is using the same idea but this time using posters to distribute to Uasin Gishu county residents, purporting that Buzeki and MCA Chomba have come together as the next governor and deputy governor respectively.
Tarus and his team are in the final stages of the plan and intend to distribute the posters and other material tomorrow, Thursday 6th April 2017 to the public.
Mandago is believed to have panicked seeing as his plans to rig the nominations using the Ksh 3 million Jubilee cards he purchased, failed as the party dropped the use of the cards. The governor is also facing charges of unexplained expenditure of over Ksh 4.5 billion from the county coffers.
The governor has also been implicated as the main tribal leader during the Moi University scandal where he demanded and led a demonstration against the appointment of Prof. Laban Ayiro as the Vice Chancellor.