In Summary

  • Mr Buzeki had challenged Mr Mandago’s win arguing that the party primaries held last month were marred with irregularities.
  • During the party primaries, Mr Mandago garnered 126,681 votes against Mr Buzeki’s 82,869.

The number of candidates vying as independent candidates in North Rift continue to rise with the latest being Uasin Gishu gubernatorial candidate Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki.

Mr Buzeki was trounced in the Jubilee Party primaries by the incumbent Jackson Mandago.

On Thursday, the Jubilee Party ticket loser sought to dispel rumours doing rounds on social media that he had given up the race and gone back to his businesses.

“We have received calls in regard to a post. Be informed that it is a fake account orchestrating malice. Buzeki is still in the race. His clearance as an independent candidate was done on May 3,” read a statement send to newsrooms by his campaign team.

Mr Buzeki had challenged Mr Mandago’s win arguing that the party primaries held last month were marred with irregularities.

AINABKOI SEAT

But the Jubilee party National Elections Appeals Tribunal dismissed the appeal on grounds that it lacked sufficient evidence to establish that irregularities occurred to influence the outcome of the entire nomination exercise.

During the party primaries, Mr Mandago garnered 126,681 votes against Mr Buzeki’s 82,869.

Also vying as an independent candidate is long time personal aide to former powerful cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott, William Chepkut who has been cleared to vie for the Ainabkoi parliamentary seat.

Mr Chepkut lost his bid for the Jubilee Party ticket to incumbent Samuel Chepkong’a during a repeat of the primaries last Saturday.

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