In Summary

  • The 47-year old academic who hails from Mosop Constituency was picked by Senator Stephen Sang.
  • Most candidates in the North Rift did not pick women as running mates.
  • Before she was picked as running-mate, Dr Mitei was in the race for the gubernatorial seat.

Dr Yulita Mitei, a former lecturer at the Egerton University is on the verge of becoming the first female deputy governor in the North Rift region where most gubernatorial candidates have shied away from picking women as their running mates.

The 47-year old academic who hails from Mosop Constituency was picked by Senator Stephen Sang, the Jubilee Party candidate for Nandi governorship in the August 8 general election.

Senator Sang himself is on the verge of making history because, should he be elected, he will be poised to become the youngest governor in the country, at 32-years.

The youthful senator hails from Aldai Constituency.

EXPERIENCE

The choice of Dr Mitei, who boasts of experience in leadership and academic qualifications, has been welcomed by supporters who also widely see it as a move to ensure regional and gender balance.

She has also been campaigning on the platform of championing the interests and the rights of women and disabled people in the county, once she gets into office.

“As it is clearly stated in Senator Sang’s manifesto item 7, as his deputy and a friend of people living with disabilities, I will make sure the chapter is fully implemented,” she said in an interview with Nation Wednesday.

FIGHT FOR DISABLED

Even before she joined politics, Dr Mitei had been propagating the interests and the plight of the disabled. She has also served as the chairperson of the committee mainstreaming the issues of the disabled in the university.

Her résumé is rich.

She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Botswana and a master’s in Chemistry from Kenyatta University.

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