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SportPesa Jackpot winner triumphs in Bomet County Speaker race

By Wangu Kanuri September 21st, 2022 2 min read

A man who chanced on hundreds of millions of shillings in a betting gamble back in 2018 has been elected Speaker of the Bomet County Assembly.

Cosmas Korir,  the SportPesa Mega Jackpot winner floored ten other candidates to win the county seat with 32 votes.

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Kipsonoi Member of the County Assembly (MCA) finished a distant second with six votes.

Korir will be deputized by Rotich Leonard Kipkoech.

“I will work with members from across the political divide and ensure your welfare is taken care of,” said Korir in his acceptance speech.

Korir won Sh208 million in the SportPesa jackpot in 2018 after placing a Sh100 bet.

He vied for the Konoin parliamentary seat in the August 9, 2022 polls on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket but lost in the nominations.

In a previous interview, he explained how he bought a car worth Sh12 million with the earnings, and then gifted two of his friends Sh5 million each.

He also channeled Sh2 million towards completing his home in Bomet, before investing in machinery, apartments and parcels of land.

He is the fifth Speaker in the County, following in the footsteps of John Langat, Geoffrey Kipngetich, Shadrack Rotich, and Nelson Mutai.

In his new role as county’s speaker, Korir will direct and supervise the administration of services and facilities provided by, and exercise budgetary control over the service in the Assembly.

He will also determine and review the terms and conditions of service of persons holding or acting in the office, initiate, co-ordinate and harmonize policies and strategies relating to the development of the service and initiate programs for training and capacity building, promote ideals of parliamentary democracy and promote public awareness and participation in the activities of the County Assembly.