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Why Bomet Residents are Not Ready to Replace Governor Barchok in 2022

Governor Barchok is not just a workhorse, he is also a political juggernaut. His recent move to engineer mass exodus of hundreds of CCM grassroots leaders to UDA has been hailed by pundits as a political masterstroke.



The Second Deputy Governor and Third Governor of Bomet County H.E. Dr. Hillary Barchok

When Dr. Hillary Barchok officially took over as the Third Governor of Bomet on 9th August 2019, exactly 2 years after he was voted to office with the Late Dr. Joyce Laboso, the skeptics were many, the shoes to fill were big and the road ahead looked long, winding and uncertain. But Dr. Barchok was committed to deliver exactly what his joint gubernatorial ticket with the Late Governor had promised to the County Residents in their manifesto and he wasted no time in getting down to work.

He rose to the occasion with alacrity and within 100 Days of his inauguration, all of Governor Barchok’s skeptics had fallen by the wayside and many of them even readily admitted the man was up to the task. Finally, Bomet Residents were able to appreciate why their beloved Second Governor had settled on the God-fearing don as her running despite being spoilt for choice from within the ranks of political wannabes in the county.  Governor Barchok had proven to be very capable pair of hands by steering Bomet through the unfortunate transition in leadership without incident or lapse in service deliver.

Today, two years after Governor Barchok took the mantle of leadership of Bomet County, his presence can be felt in the numerous completed and ongoing projects and initiatives across the County. Importantly, it is clear to all who care to notice that the man has remained faithful in achieving what he and Late Governor Laboso committed to do for Bomet Residents. Bomet Residents have also come to trust Governor Barchok’s judgment and his managerial savvy and ability to get his job done.

Even the critics and detractors of Governor Barchok cannot deny that the man is doing a good job and has made great strides in the realization of the Seven Pillar Manifesto that Bomet Residents mandated them to implement in 2017.  In particular, Governor Barchok has keenly implemented the Manifesto of the late Governor Joyce Laboso to the letter in the areas of provision of clean water, improved agricultural services, education for all, better health care services, roads and infrastructure, empowerment of vulnerable groups and adherence to good governance and accountability.

In supporting and improving the agriculture sector to eradicate poverty, Governor Barchok and his team have focused on modernizing farming methods and enhancing animal breeds. This has been done by providing subsidized AI services to farmers, supporting and strengthening the dairy cooperative networks within the county, installing 27 milk cooling plants across the county and purchasing 50 motorcycles to extend veterinary and extension services across all Bomet Wards.

In matters roads and infrastructure, Governor Barchok has upgraded 700 Kilometres of roads as part of the Comprehensives Road Programme to ease movement of people and produce. He has also invested in several markets, erected 76 Bodaboda shades, constructed 40 shoe-shiner shades, completed 11 juakali shades and installed 46 floodlights to name but a few. The projects have been hailed by residents as test case for bottom-up approach advocated by Deputy President Dr. William Ruto even before it officially takes off at the National stage.

Governor Barchok has also made great strides in empowering women, youth and persons with disabilities including launching ongoing distribution of 50,000 chicks to 60 CBOs in Bomet County under the auspices of Inua Mama na Kuku Programme. He is also pushing Bomet Enterprise Development Fund through the County Assembly to ensure business community in the County, especially those in the informal sectors have access to affordable financing and capital in line with the principles of Bottom Up Economics.

In enhancing access to health care, Governor Barchok has focused on building strong health system that is responsive to the needs of Bomet Residents. So far, Barchok has already ensured 8,665 Vulnerable Bomet Households out of the 10,000 targeted for County Universal Health Coverage (UHC) subsidy scheme are benefitting from the programme ahead of the schedule. He is also in the process of rolling out the 250-Bed Capacity Ultra-Modern Mother and Child Wellness Center Legacy Project.

To increase access to water, Governor Barchok is actively seeking to pipe clean water to more households beyond the current 14,000 by working closely with Bomet Water Company. He is also in the process of acquiring borehole drilling machines and plans to excavate more water pans in the drier zones of Bomet as part of the partnership with National Irrigation Board which will see the County construct 100 water pans in the next four years.

On matters education, Governor Barchok remains committed to grow the number of operational modern ECDs from the current 179 to 500 by 2022. He has also taken support of needy students in secondary schools and universities through the bursary programme to another level. The recent launch of the Bomet County Education Revolving Fund, a first across Kenya, in partnership with HELB is geared at supporting needy students in colleges and universities. His administration committed Ksh. 30 Million in the first tranche but is looking to increase the Fund to Ksh. 100 Million by 2022.

But Governor Barchok is not just a workhorse, he is also a political juggernaut. The recent move that saw him engineer defection of hundreds of CCM grassroots leaders to UDA has been hailed by pundits as a political masterstroke. The move silenced the former Governor and CCM leader who has been trying to have his cake and eat it and he can’t complain since he pretends to support DP Ruto. It also caught another of Governor Barchok’s rivals, an underwhelming CAS who is trying to catch up with him, completely off-guard.

In the end, it is not lost to many Bomet Residents that all the sell-declared opponents and detractors of Governor Barchok were senior Government official long before he left primary school. There is nothing to show for the three or four decades the duo has been in power. Majority of Bomet Residents are even wondering what new ideas they can bring to the table that they have not implemented all these years. So, convincing Bomet Residents to interrupt Governor Barchok’s good work to satisfy anyone’s lust for power has proven an uphill task. Governor Barchok shall win a fresh mandate in 2022 by landslide.

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Why Wakili Oliver Kipchumba’s Senatorial Bid is Good News for Uasin Gichu



Wakili Oliver Karori Kipchumba is set to debunk the myth that Uasin Gichu County cannot produce a Senator who is worthy the office. The County has won the notoriety in Senate as one that has misfortune of electing Senators who go in the opposite direction from the hopes and aspirations of the Uasin Gichu Residents. But that is about to change when Oliver Kipchumba, who has no serious challenger thus far, gets elected as the third Uasin Gichu Senator. With UDA Primaries just a fortnight away, Uasin Gichu Residents are showing open preference for Wakili Kipchumba as their Senator over Incumbent Governor Mandago who they see as part of the rotting wound in the County they are trying to cauterize.

One cannot argue with the fact that while Uasin Gichu County has many good things but it stands out as one of those counties in Kenya that has never been well represented in the Senate of Kenya since 2013. When Uasin Gichu Residents replaced the Silent Senator Isaac Melly (who spoke not once in the Senate) with Prof. Margaret Kamar, little did they know their Senator will make it her business to oppose what they support and support what they can’t stand at all.

Today, tired of shenanigans of Margaret Kamar, Uasin Gichu Residents are by all indications looking for new blood and a political firebrand to send to the Senate to voice their agenda. This is why many Uasin Gichu residents consider the entry of Lawyer Oliver Kipchumba into the Senatorial Race as God’s answer to their fervent prayers for someone to rescue them from the misfortune of deadbeat senators

The youthful and eloquent Oliver Kipchumba who describes himself as “a liberal conservative politician, an advocate, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur and a Committed Sunday School Teacher” reminds many Uasin Gichu residents of the young William Ruto who on arriving on the political stage in Eldoret North soon eclipsed those who had hitherto been deemed unbeatable and has never looked back. Many youth in the County also see Oliver Kipchumba candidature as  their chance to elect one of their own.

Oliver Kipchumba is not new to politics and leadership having been the Student Leader during his time at Moi University. He has since become a sought-after political debater by most National Television. He has also cut his teeth as a leading lawyer and has appeared for and represented many big names in court and in the boardroom. There is no denying when Uasin Gichu Residents elect Oliver Kipchumba in 2022 they shall have guarantee of the best and most articulate representation and oversight in the Senate.

Oliver is a duly admitted Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Holder of Masters of Laws (LL.M) from Strathmore University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University and Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law.  Besides his quest to clinch the Uasin Gichu Senator seat, Oliver has been at the forefront in recruiting, coordinating and leading professionals in support of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto’s bid to be the next President.

Based on his slogan of Putting Devolution into Perspective, Oliver Kipchumba says the role of the Senator is indispensable as the official spokespersons of the County in Parliament. He believes the next Uasin Gichu Senator must ensure the County Residents and Kenyans at large enjoy the fruits of devolution and the Governors and MCAs live up to their manifesto and expectations of the residents. If elected, Oliver Kipchumba is determined to end the culture of excess and runaway graft in the counties and ensure that the Second Governor of Uasin Gichu County delivers for the people.

Wakili Oliver Kipchumba with Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief Guest during his recent LL.M Graduation.

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Wakili Mbaluka Switch to Vie for Machakos Senator a Hailed as Sure Win



Top Nairobi Lawyer Hon Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has joined United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and opted to vie for Machakos Senator, a move that has been hailed as a game changing hat trick and sure win by many political analysts. Many have hailed the move by Wakili Mbaluka to shift from the crowded Gubernatorial Race to vie for Machakos Senator as the right thing to given that Machakos Residents are frustrated by the illiteracy and incompetence of the Incumbent Senator and the other aspirants who have expressed interest in the seat left by Late Machakos Senator Hon Boniface Kabaka.

Wakili Mbaluka, being a counsel like Hon Boniface Kabaka, has been described as the right man to fit the big shoes left by the late articulate and firebrand senator who is already being missed by most residents who had grown to like his activism in the Senate. There is consensus among most Machakos Residents that they made a mistake in electing a Class 7 drop out to represent them in the current Senate which has become the house of the most learned debate.

Many Machakos County residents are alarmed that Senator Kavindu Muthama is yet to make a maiden speech more than one year since she was sworn in. In fact, many residents are not even aware who is their current Senator as they have not seen her in the news or speaking on the floor of the Senate. Even with all the stealing that has gone on in Machakos County in the last year, not once did Senator Kavindu as much as make a statement to call for transparency or accountability.

In fact, according to analysts, nothing has prepared Machakos County residents to elect another lawyer as Senator in August 2022 than having an incompetent gap Senator. People now can tell the difference between having a Senator who knows his job like Kabaka and having dead weight like Kavindu who is not even aware what is her job description. This is working to Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka’s advantage given that he is considered as an outsider in Machakos County affairs and has no conflict of interest.

Analysts are also quick to note that Machakos County having rejected a Wiper Senate Candidate to elect Senator Kabaka, they will readily elect Senator Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to get the job done. Senator Mbaluka also has the advantage of coming from the Lower Machakos like Kabaka. His unity with UDA Chairman Hon Johnstone Muthama is likely to give him an advantage in other parts of Machakos which will sweep him to office with ease. As many have noted about Mbaluka’s shift to Senatorial race, holding all other factors constant, he may as well begin to prepare for swearing in as Next Machakos Senator.

Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka when he joined UDA Presidential Candidate Dr. William Ruto at Masii in Mwala.

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Why Mbaluka is Preferred by 57% of Residents as Next Machakos Governor



Machakos Governor Aspirant Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka continues to lead in the polls even as his rating among the County residents is soaring to new heights. This runaway popularity of the Lawyer has been attributed to his demonstration of understanding who is a Governor, what does a Governor do and what he Machakos electorate should expect from him as the next Governor. In the latest Machakos poll, Wakili Mbaluka is leading with 57% of Machakos County Residents saying if elections are held today they will vote for him. His nearest competitor has meagre 18% support less than a third of Mbaluka’s support.

The opinion poll sampled the opinion of Machakos residents by posing the question: Who is Machakos Next Governor? The county residents were given to choose between Hon Kyatha Mbaluka, Hon Wavinya Ndeti (CAS of Transport), Hon Florence Mwangangi (Machakos County Speaker), Hon Johnstone Muthama (Former Senator and UDA Chairperson), Hon Francis Maliti (Machakos Deputy Governor) and Hon Patrick Makau (Mavoko Constituency MP). In what has been described as a case of David versus Goliaths, Wakili Mbaluka is emerging as the leader in the crowded race for next Machakos Governor.

The success of Wakili Mabluka has been attributed to his understanding of the role of Governor and how he has gone about selling himself to residents across the County. “A Governor is a Manager of County Affairs and resources and should be a diligent Manager and Brilliant Organizer like Joel Kyatha Mbaluka who is both a learned Lawyer but holder of a Master in Financial Management. Machakos County Residents can count on Governor Mbaluka to prudently deal with their county affairs and ensure our County resources are not wasted or misappropriated by dishonest county workers and cartels,” said a Political Analyst who requested anonymity.

According to Wakili Mbaluka, a Governor ought to be a diligent manager who understands the problems of his People like himself. He notes that having grown up in squalor within Machakos County and having had to endure going to a Primary School seven kilometers away on bare feet and to fetch water with a donkey every afternoon after school 12 kilometers away for the family, he is the best placed to address the persisting water scarcity issue with finality amongst other issues such as unemployment, bad infrastructure and poorly stocked hospitals as outlined in his manifesto.

“As I have outlined in my manifesto and explained to Machakos County residents from Kalama to Mavoko to Mwala to Yatta and Muthesya, my Government will have people of Machakos County as the priority and county funds and resources will only be deployed to the most deserving of priority areas where the greatest number possible/attainable of Machakos County residents will Benefit instead of selfish ventures of greedy County officials to make maximum kickbacks at the expense of service delivery for the people,” said Wakili Mbaluka.

Mbaluka thanked Machakos County residents for embracing his message saying that all he is seeking the Governor seat to serve them better and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged Machakos youth, fresh graduates and people with disabilities within County structures and further to attract investors in our great County to open up factories, companies and godowns to employ our youth and to promote the welfare of people with disabilities as outlined in his manifesto. He also promised to ensure equity in the allocation of resources in all Machakos subcounties.

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