June 24th 2017

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Trans Nzoia governorship boils down to Khaemba, Bisau contest

Ten other aspirants have also declared interest in the position, among them radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, former minister Noah Wekesa, former school principal Cosmas Nabungolo, Martin Nangole, Bethwel Kirior, Festus Mukoya, Joel Gesuka and Jane Wamboi.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 01 Dec 2016 13:11 EAT

The battle for Trans Nzoia governorship in the 2017 elections is emerging as a two-horse race between the CORD and Jubilee coalitions. Incumbent Patrick Khaemba (of Ford-Kenya) faces a tough challenge from businessman Kakai Bisau who recently defected to the Jubilee Party.

The merger of Jubilee affiliate parties into the single Jubilee Party, which now has a majority of MCAs in the county assembly, has created a powerhouse that is expected to give Ford-Kenya (an affiliate of CORD) a run for its money. Mr Bisau, who came second to Mr Khaemba in the 2013 elections, poses a tough challenge to the incumbent who is perceived as a poor performer.

Ten other aspirants have also declared interest in the position, among them radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, former minister Noah Wekesa, former school principal Cosmas Nabungolo, Martin Nangole, Bethwel Kirior, Festus Mukoya, Joel Gesuka and Jane Wamboi.

Mr Khaemba believes he is well placed to defend his seat. “I have achieved many of the pledges I made in 2013 and I am confident that the people of Trans Nzoia will give me another chance to serve them”, the governor says. However, many are the voters who feel disappointed by his performance. The perception of widespread corruption in the county is buttressed by the fact that at least a dozen of his county officials have been prosecuted for corruption.

Neither has the governor done well in terms of realizing his pledges. One of him important initiatives was the establishment of the Kitale Country Referral Hospital, but the construction has been slow, hobbled by corruption allegations.

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