Kenyan Ambassador to Pakistan Prof Julius Bitok has began what many have seen as an intention to contest for the Uasin Gishu Governor’s seat in next year’s polls. This will be the second attempt after he was floored in the last election by Jackson Mandago.
The envoy, while speaking at Murkusi, Turbo Constituency during the presentation of scholarships to students supported by Ambassador Julius Bitok Foundation, said his name will be in the ballot in 2017.
“You know the campaign period has not yet been officially opened but when that time comes I will come to ask for your support. I know this time around you will elect me,”said Bitok.
He said if elected Governor, he will ensure the funds allocated to the county by the National Treasury is well utilized and that no funds will remain unspent and returned to Treasury as has been the case with the current county administration.
“Most of you voted for me in 2013 and though the votes were not enough to give me a win it is through your support that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto appointed me as an Ambassador,”said Bitok.
He said despite losing in the 2013 elections, he has continued to work closely with residents and through the establishment of his foundation, a number of bright and needy students have benefited from education scholarships.
Bitok will be trying to beat the current Governor Mandago who has indicated that he will be seeking to defend his seat.
Nandi County Health Services Chief Officer, Dr Edward Serem, has also declared interest in the seat.
The envoy at the same time asked those seeking leadership positions in next year’s election to do so without peacefully without inciting the residents.