County Assembly Speakers in North Rift are now angling for elective positions as an insurance to remain in politics after the 2022 General Election.
Though not all of them have not publicly declared interest, sources indicate the Assembly Bosses are eyeing ‘bigger’ seat in the coming polls.
In Uasin Gishu County, the City of Champions, Speaker David Kiplagat is rumoured to be gunning for the gubernatorial seat.
Kiplagat is reported to be silently assembling arsenals and will mount a surprising battle in the race to succeed outgoing governor Jackson Mandago.
Baringo County Assembly Speaker David Kerich on the other hand will make a second attempt at the Baringo Central Parliamentary seat which he lost narrowly to Joshua Kandie. Kerich has concentrated all his activities in the constituency since he was elected Speaker in 2018.
Nandi County Assembly Boss Joshua Kiptoo has left residents guessing on which ‘big’ seat he will gun for in the coming polls. In the recent past he has started poking holes on Governor Stephen Sang’s development record, a pointer that he may be going for the gubernatorial seat.
In Elgeyo Marakwet Speaker Kiplagat Sabulei is reportedly eyeing the gubernatorial seat. He is however monitoring Senator Kipchumba Murkomen’s political steps. There have been rumors that Murkomen could go for the post in 2022, a move that will spoil the party for Sabulei.
In the event that Murkomen sticks to his Senate seat, Sabulei’s chances to succeed Governor Alex Tolgos are very high.
Turkana County Assembly Speaker Erastus Lokaale has set his eyes on the Governor’s seat. Lokaale has joined a long list of political bigwigs eyeing to succeed outgoing Governor Josphat Nanok.
In West Pokot, Speaker Catherine Mukenyang has declared that she will challenge incumbent Women Rep Lilian Tomitom in the coming polls. Speaker Mukenyang has teamed up with like minded aspirants for top seats in 2020, dubbed ‘third force’.
Trans Nzoia Speaker Joshua Joshua Werunga has openly declared that he will give incumbent Senator Michael Mbito a run for his money.
Werunga has unsuccessfully contested for the Saboti Parliamentary seat twice and will be seeking a political lifeline with an attempt for the senate seat. In the county there is an unwritten rule, a negotiated democracy, that the seat is reserved for the Kalenjin community in particular the Sabaot.