With the 2017 general elections in a year’s time, many incumbent politicians are having rough to consolidate electorate loyalty in their homestuff. This is the situation that the Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago is finding himself in. In particular, the residents of Turbo Sub County are up in arms declaring that they will vote him out as he has neglected them since he got into office.
Turbo Sub County is the most populous voting block in Uasin Gishu but it has received what the residents call a raw deal in appointments in the county government. None of the County Executive Committee members and top officers hails from Turbo. The same repeats itself in the nomination slots to the county assembly.
It has been tough for Mandago to win the hearts of Turbo residents back as they are now pledging allegiance to a new entrant into the political arena,Dr. Edward Serem. Dr. Serem is the current Nandi county chief officer of Health. He hails from Turbo. Unlike other flamboyant aspirants who are featuring in the media frequently, Dr. Serem has been termed as a grassroot politician who connects freely with the electorate.
Rising of Serem into the limelight has made Mandago to begin a vigorous grassroot meet-the-people tour of Turbo. Speaking over the weekend in the sub county, Mandago pledged to ensure that all pre election promises are fulfilled before next year’s polls.
“We have done a lot in terms of development and we are on course in delivering what we promised to the people of Uasin Gishu,” Mandago said.
Over the weekend he traversed the sub county attending several events including church services, funerals and fund drives. This is seen as a desperate move to woo back the voters from this region who are now pledging allegiance to Dr. Serem.