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Kenya elections: The noise about Governor Mandago being tribalist is a blatant lie.

Posted by African Press International on June 13, 2017

By Fred Rotich

There has been a lot of public debate about Uasin Gishu County politics. The noise about Governor Mandago being tribalist is a blatant lie.

Governor Mandago has delivered as the County boss compared to other Governors in the North Rift and indeed the entire country. What he didn’t do is entertain cartels, he made sure that all cartels who initially had taken control of Uasin Gishu County were kept at bay.

The cartels regrouped at this political period to ensure that they "sink" Governor Mandago. They began by saying that the Governor is fighting the DP, he has not performed, he is a NASA sympathiser etc.

They didn’t stop there, after Governor Mandago won the Jubilee Party primaries, the cartels mutated and are now pushing a narrative of tribalism. They now claim that the Governor hates non-Kalenjins, that he is a warlord, that he is tribal "king" all this is to bring in one of their own to power.

When Governor Mandago says he is protecting the city (Eldoret) He means it. He is protecting the interest of the people of Uasin Gishu, he is ensuring that the business environment is friendly to all investors, he is protecting the small traders against oppression and dynasty in business which had been held captive by some few individuals who felt they owned business in Eldoret.

This is where some people hide behind Kikuyu community to claim that the Governor hates them because they are businesspeople in town. The truth is since Governor Mandago took office order has been seen in town, genuine businesses have flourished while middlemen and cartels have been removed.

A win for Governor Mandago is a win to the genuine traders, farmers, investors, visitors and the Jubilee Party. The cosmopolitan residents of Uasin Gishu County are far intelligent and I can confidently say; regardless of the noise, the branding, the smear campaign and false allegations against the Governor, they will vote him back on 8/8/2017

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