In Summary
  • The MP has always enjoyed support in the populous and cosmopolitan Langas Estate, where he garnered most of the votes.
  • Mr Sudi expressed dissatisfaction with the President, saying his relationship with his deputy was no longer smooth.

Old habits die hard, goes a popular saying, and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi certainly lives up to it.

Mr Sudi has always spoken proudly of his past as a tout, reminding anyone who cares to listen how he rose from a humble background, calling people into his employers’ vehicles in Eldoret town to the swanky lifestyle he now enjoys.

His brand of politics is markedly different. His broadsides, often laced with raw insults, are typically delivered outside Parliament. But, he maintains a deafening silence in the August House.

So, who is Oscar Kipchumba Sudi, the 39-year-old second-term MP?

For the better part of the last decade, his popularity was confined to the southern part of Eldoret town, where he worked as a tout on a neighbour’s matatus before venturing into car sales, before he became a land dealer.

MAGNANIMOUS

He is said to have worked closely with some of the prominent figures in the town to set up various businesses.

Although his path to being a millionaire is not clear, his wealth has been the subject of gossip on various platforms.

But few dare publicly question how the once-ordinary man suddenly became a millionaire who now calls the shots in Uasin Gishu. His educational background also remains a bit murky.

What is not in doubt is his generosity, which has made him popular, as he often buys drinks for revellers in popular restaurants in Eldoret town.

When he became an MP in 2013, he remained a peripheral figure for a long time, until he joined a group of rebels opposed to Deputy President William Ruto.

The rebels joined forces to campaign against the DP’s choice, Mr Aaron Cheruiyot, for the Kericho senatorial seat that had fallen vacant after Mr Charles Keter resigned to take up the position of Energy Cabinet secretary.

ANTI-UHURUREMARKS

But, Mr Sudi mended fences with Mr Ruto in time to defend his seat. He faced Mr Steve Kewa, who presented a tough challenge.

At some point it appeared he would lose the Jubilee Party nomination. Though he eventually won, his victory was disputed.

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