While eyebrows are being raised about Governor Jackson Mandago’s night meetings with various groups, it seems another meeting is causing controversy.
The governor’s communication team has confirmed that Mandago is locked in a meeting as we speak, with Dr. Edward Serem, a county officer from Nandi, who is also an aspirant for the Uasin Gishu county gubernatorial seat.
Mandago’s meeting with Serem is meant to seal an endorsement deal, where the latter will publicly announce tomorrow that he has stepped down from the race and instead endorses the incumbent for the top seat in the county.
Besides the endorsement, another agreement is in the offing, not only for Serem to announce his endorsement of the governor, but also that in return, Mandago’s deputy, Daniel Chemno, will be replaced with immediate effect after the two aspirants sign the agreement.
Mandago is believed to have been enraged by the Keiyo community and has been reported on various occasions, to have vowed to make Uasin Gishu a Nandi-ruled county, saying that he will protect the land from ‘outsiders’ no matter the cost.
Serem, from Turbo sub-county, threw his hat in the race last year, declaring his interest for the gubernatorial position. It has been tough for Mandago to win the hearts of Turbo residents back as they had pledged allegiance to Serem.
Unlike the other aspirants, Serem chose a female running mate, Engineer Pauline Chemutai Olbara, from the Keiyo community in what political pundits opine was a move to kill two birds with one stone – woo the women and the Keiyo vote.