Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago at the Boma Inn Hotel, Eldoret, July 12, 2017. [Photo: VashMedia]
Governor Jackson Mandago, has apologised, after he failed to show up for the highly advertised Uasin Gishu County gubernatorial debate.
The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara) in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Civil Society Urban Development Platform (CSUD) organised the 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, a day to the debate.
However, Mandago did not make it to the venue on time, saying there was a delay of flight that he was boarding, from Nairobi for about 3 hours.
His rival, Independent candidate Bundotich Buzeki expressed anger, Wednesday, after waiting for hours, waiting for Mandago to arrive for the debate to kick off, at the Boma Hotel, Eldoret.
“This was a one of a kind opportunity for the people of Uasin Gishu to be able to scrutinise the manifesto of the two aspiring governors, myself and my competitor. The debate was organised by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, which I am also a member. I came here 30 minutes before 6 O’clock, I have waited, there’s no communication,” lamented Buzeki.
Mandago arrived moments after the time of the debate was over, apologised and called for rescheduling of the debate, saying it was not his wish, to arrive late.
“It is unfortunate that we had to reschedule the much awaited Uasin Gishu county gubernatorial debate organised by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) which was to be held this evening at Boma Inn hotel here in Eldoret due to logistical issues,” Mandago, who is vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, told the few participants who awaited his arrival.
“As a leader, I made sure that I appeared at the venue to personally deliver my apologies and commitment to the debate. I am always ready and willing to share my track record and future plans that I have for the county on this and any other plartfom.
May God bless the great people of Uasin Gishu county,” he added.
He further asked both supporters to ‘relax’, and stop having pressure about the candidates, saying (in Swahili), that things go step by step.
“So we would also want to tell our supporters relax. Nyinyi mko na pressure ya kuenda wapi na sisi hatuna pressure?” Mandago said, amid cheers from the participants.
“Mko na pressure na nyinyi siyo candidates. Si mngoje tukiwa wawili, ama namna gani? Mimi siwezi ongea ikiwa Kiprop hayuko na Kiprop hawezi ongea kama siko, because we want to play a fair game, ama namna gani?” he added.