Kenyans are tired of the old school politicians so they will elect anyone as long as the old cronies don’t make their way back to the corridors of power to represent them.
The people of Kiptororo Ward in Nakuru County have made history for nominating the youngest and poorest candidate, who almost walked barefoot after his only pair of shoes was frayed in the tough campaigns to get the nomination certificate for the Jubilee party.
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The Star’s reporter, Amos Kerich met the Jubilee candidate in Nakuru town stranded with no means of transport to go back home after receiving the nomination certificate.
Kibet Kurgat admits that he is B.R.O.K.E but maintains that he is the best candidate for the seat. After all, he has a detailed development plan for constituents of his ward that will free them from the bondage of poverty that has haunted them for decades.
“I thank my people who counted on me though I did my campaigns on foot and had nothing to give them but I promise to empower them. I am their Moses and I will rescue them from oppressive brokers and luck of markets for their produce,” he pledged.
Kurgat trounced six aspirants with 4,621 votes including the incumbent MCA Samuel Ngeno who had 1,963.
“My counterpart from Nyota ward gave me a lift to Nakuru. I don’t have car but I am full of knowledge and wisdom to uplift people of Kiptororo,” he said.
After graduating with first class honours in Agricultural Economics at Egerton University, he was given Sh 20,000 as a token and awarded a scholarship to pursue his Masters Degree in Agriculture and Applied Statistics at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) where he completed studies three months ago.
Nyota Ward also got a young MCA Benard Kipketer Tesott who said he will join hands with Kurgat to ensure effective service delivery.
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Kurgat, 26, is the firstborn in a family of nine and was brought up in a poor family where his studies were financed through fundraising.
Kurgat says if elected, he will use his Agricultural skills to foster farming in the region which is the main economic activity in the region.
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The nominee who did house to house campaigns on foot with ragged shoes says lack of finances to fund his campaigns and propaganda were the main challenges he faced.
Here are some photos of Kurgat when he was schooling in South Africa.