The race for the Uasin Gishu County woman representative seat has heated up as Gladys Boss Shollei, who won decisively in the Jubilee Party nominations, faces a stiff competition from youthful independent candidate Rael Jebichii Lelei.
The 30-year-old Ms Lelei, opted to go independent after she was defeated by Mrs Shollei, the former Registrar of the Judiciary, during Jubilee primaries.
A newcomer to politics, Ms Lelei, a Moi University law graduate, has vowed to turn tables on Mrs Shollei and romp home with the win on August 8.
Should she be elected the next Uasin Gishu County MP, Ms Lelei promises to facilitate formation and registration of women groups and Saccos in the entire county, and link them to financial institutions.
“I will also create an advisory board for women in every ward that will be advising me on the needs of women at the grassroots. I call on the people to give me an opportunity to serve you. You will not regret voting for me,” said Ms Lelei who is making her debut in elective politics.
She has also promised to create a data base of youth in the villages who dropped out of school, and assist them to get life skills and nurture their talents.
The others in the race are Ms Grace Kemboi of Maendeleo Chap Chap, Ms Jepkorir Moira running on Amani National Congress (ANC) and KANU’s Josephine Cheruto.
The incumbent Eusla Ng’eny opted out of the County MP’s race to vie for the Soy Parliamentary seat, but lost Jubilee Party’s Caleb Kositany.