Former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey is the most popular gubernatorial candidate in Nandi County if elections were held today, a new poll has shown.
With 700 respondents aged 18 years and above across the entire county, Mr Kosgey a former long-serving cabinet minister would win the elections if they were held today, according to Trends and Insights For Africa (Tifa).
The survey conducted in Bomet, Siaya, Nandi and Murang’a counties has also shown that party affiliation only matters in the presidential elections.
Mr Kosgey has the support of 36 per cent followers of the ruling Jubilee Party of Kenya ahead of former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskey who is at 21 per cent.
According to reliable sources and insiders, Mr Koskey is expected to decamp to Isaac Rutto’s Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party following the stiff competition he is facing from Mr Kosgey popularly referred to us FKK by his supporters across the county.
It is however interesting to see that, the survey conducted in February 2017 targeting both males and females aged 18 years and above puts the incumbent Governor Cleophas Lagat at 18 per cent even as he fights to retain the seat.
Dr Lagat is among three other County chiefs who risk being locked out from this year’s General Election due to corruption-related court cases.
This is after an Eldoret based human rights group petitioned the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to lock out the four North Rift region Governors from contesting in the polls.
This follows public outcry from residents that the county chiefs are unable to explain how they have spent billions of shillings allocated to their counties.
The other three Governors include; Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia).
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Apparently, Senator Stephen Sang who is accused of ‘setting up’ the Deputy President at the Hague-based International Criminal Court in connection with crimes against humanity stemming from the 2007/ 2008 Post-election violence has not been included in the new poll.
In 2015, an ICC witness Philip Koech while testifying before the court claimed that Mr Sang was among those who linked him to donor agencies.
Senator Sang who was working at the Usaid on a Governance and Democracy Programme is said to have used his position to coach witnesses to testify against the Deputy President.
This recent development is a major boost for Mr Kosgey who has continued to receive endorsements for the top county job.
Mr Kosgey has been on record reminding people of Nandi of the need for the Kalenjin people to remain united under Jubilee party if they were to realize any tangible progress in 2017 and eventually 2022 when the current Deputy President William Ruto is expected to vie for the top seat.
His entry into the race has sent shock waves among the political class and the residents of Nandi County with political observers noting that he is the best placed candidate to unseat Dr Lagat.