Uasin Gishu County gubernatorial candidates governor, Jackson Mandago and Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki (R). [Photo: YouTube]
The race for the top seat in North Rift’s Uasin Gishu County, is getting a notch higher each day, with the two main rivals expressing optimism of beating one another.
This even as the two are expected to face each other during a gubernatorial debate, scheduled for today, (Wednesday), in Eldoret.
Incumbent governor, Jackson Mandago (Jubilee Party candidate) faces stiff competition from wealthy businessman, Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki, ahead of the August 8 polls.
The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara) in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Civil Society Urban Development Platfform (CSUD) has organised a debate to provide a platform for Uasin Gishu County residents to engage the candidates and understand their vision and plans for the County.
“This will enable the electorate make informed decision when voting. The candidates will also get to understand the expectations and priorities of Uasin Gishu residents as far as service delivery issues are concerned,” read a statement from the Kara programmes manager, Nancy Kariuki.
The debate will be held at the Boma Inn Hotel, from 6pm to 9pm and moderated by Bonney Tunya.
Focus areas will be Land and Physical Planning; Urban Renewal and Housing; Roads and Transport; Water, Energy, Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources.
Others include; Trade and Industrialisation; Education, Youth and Social Services; Public Service Management; Health Services among others.
The debate comes after the relevant stakeholders conducted one for the Nairobi gubernatorial race, comprising of incumbent Dr Evans Kidero (ODM), senator Mike Sonko (Jubilee), and independent candidates Peter Kenneth and Miguna Miguna.