A former international athlete, who is currently MCA for Ngenyilel Ward, has joined the race to succeed Governor Jackson Mandago in Uasin Gishu County.
David Kiptoo Sing’oei becomes the only MCAs in the Rift Valley region who has so far declared interest to rise from the MCA position and become governor of the county that is home to DP William Ruto.
Kiptoo represented Kenya at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics Games where he ran the 800m, finishing second. He studied both locally and in the US.
“As an MCA for the last almost ten years there is no one else well placed to understand devolution that me. I have the good capacity and vision to take Uasin Gishu to the next level,” said Singoei.
Kiptoo is the Chief Whip at the Uasin Gishu Assembly and has been passionate about development at the grassroots.
“There are those who say as an MCA it’s like I am in nursery school and should seek another position like MP but not governor. They are wrong because as MCAs we oversight the governor and go through everything the county does. I am thus well equipped to be the county boss,” he said.
Sing’oei says his plan is to focus on service to the people and action oriented leadership. If elected, for example, he says he will actualise the development of small and medium enterprises and value addition processing firms.
“This has remained just talk among our leaders but I will implement that to ensure we create jobs for our people,” he said, adding that he will also focus on the welfare of county workers, whom he says are key to drive growth and development.
Sing’oei joins a growing list of aspirants who want to vie for the county top seat through the UDA party of DP Ruto. Others include Kenya’s envy to Pakistan Julius Bitok, Nairobi County Devolution executive Vesca Kangogo, politician Jonathan Bii and Soy MP Caleb Kositany.
“I am ready to face my rivals in the UDA primaries and I believe the people of Uasin Gishu will back me to become the second governor of our county,” he told The Star.
Businessman Bundotich Buzeki is so far the only aspirant who has declared he would vie as an independent candidate.
Sing’oei is well known in the county where he also engaged in business. His entry will tilt the race in the run up to the polls next year.
Courtesy Mathews Ndanyi, the Star