Thu. Jan 23rd, 2020

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Potential Bomet DG Candidates as Barchok to be sworn-in next week

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By Our Reporter

As the mourning and burial arrangements for the late Bomet Governor continues, the Rift senior power brokers, have been allegedly mandated to screen a potential list of deputy Governor as the incoming Governor Dr. Hillary Barchok will be sworn-in next week, days after the sendoff of Laboso.

The DP Ruto’s South Rift Point man Charles Keter has been given a green light to screen and vet a potential Deputy Governors who will support the soft-spoken Barchok to handle the always high-gear Bomet politics.

Those featuring in the list include the former Chepalungu MP Paul Bii, advisor in the office of the Deputy President Paul Mutai (Pakamu)-Sotik, Dr. Julius Kones (Konoin), former MP Sammy Koech (Konoin), and Jane Sigilai (Chief of staff).

The selection criteria include, political muscles to combat the opposition rivals, loyalty to the DP Ruto’s system, Laboso relative and regional balance considering that Barchok hails from Bomet East sub-county.

Pakamu, who holds Masters in MBA (Strategic Management), and a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK), is a resident of Kapletundo, and has been unsuccessfully vying for Sotik parliamentary seat since 2007.

He also worked for Caltex in Kenya as an expatriate in Caltex Tanzania (four years) and in charge of Caltex Rwanda (four years). He also headed the organization in Burundi and DRC Congo.

Both Kones and Koech are from Konoin but the preferred candidate will depend on allegiance to the system and ability to ensure the development agenda continues amidst perennial opposition in the region.

Bii (Sabimbi), hails from Chepalungu and could see the light by the virtue of his ability to confront the CCM rebels but his education records are questionable. The formerly P2 teacher currently holds a diploma yet the constitution specifies that a DG must be a degree holder.

However, some residents opine that Ms. Sigilai best suited for gender-balance, but her recent involvement in supremacy squabbles with other senior county officials might rule her out.

Others opine that she should be retained in her current position because of her frosty relationship with Barchok and other senior county government leaders that was witnessed a month ago.

In terms of regional balance and loyalty to the system, Pakamu wins the tests of complete loyalty to the Deputy President and Charles Keter and he appears the most potential candidate.

Besides meeting the above factors, Pakamu is Laboso’s a close family member whose university education was sponsored by the late Fredrick Laboso (father to Joyce).

Another one on the list is Augustine Cheruiyot from Chepalungu but is a blood relative to the incoming governor. His appointment will mean that two relatives will be running the county government.

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