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Uasin Gishu’s Jonathan Bii reacts to ‘worst perfoming’ Governor rating

By Stanley Kimuge September 21st, 2023 2 min read

Uasin Gishu County Governor Jonathan Bii has shared his take over the opinion polls ranking him as ‘the worst performing governor’, terming the rating as baseless.

Governor Bii has rubbished the polls as ‘fake’ and blamed it on his political opponents who are yet to accept defeat in 2022 gubernatorial polls.

He wondered why the polls ranked the county as the worst yet the county hosted a ‘successful’ Devolution Conference and made strides in terms of development.

“We hosted one of the successful conferences that brought together all leaders and international partners. Can we really be ranked as number 47 even if you are not a rightful thinking individual? . . . That is baseless rumours and don’t go with that reality let go with what you can see,” said the county boss on September 21, 2023, when he launched the distribution of learning materials to 673 ECDE centres worth Sh22 million in the devolved unit.

He said his administration had achieved a lot in terms of the development through ‘Nguzo Kumi’ pillar such as the provision of school milk to ECDE children, employment of ECDE teachers on a permanent basis, distribution of medical supplies, and tarmacking of over 400 kilometers.

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Mr Bii said that with the senate committee on devolution recommending the elevation of Eldoret town municipality to a city, it was significant the devolved unit had focused on development.

“We have achieved a lot in development. Those fake pollsters are blackmailing leaders to get favourable rankings and we will not accept,” said the county boss.

During the last elections, Mr Bii beat the current principal secretary in charge of immigration Prof Julius Bitok, and Mr Zekediah Bundotich popularly known as Buzeki among others, to clinch the seat as replacement for Jackson Mandago.

“Some of these leaders are sponsoring these polls and they are yet to accept they lost. They should give me time to deliver to the people of Uasin Gishu county,” said Mr Bii.

The Finland-Uasin Gishu County education airlift program scandal launched by former governor Jackson Mandago has tainted the image of the county administration after some parents claimed that the program was mismanaged.

He said his administration was working to resolve the issue, with about 75 students traveling to Finland.

Nominated MP Joseph Wainaina who was present hit out at a section of Kenya Kwanza leaders for reckless talk on fuel.

“We must communicate well to our people even if the fuel has gone up. We must tell them the reasons why the prices have increased,” said the lawmaker.

Last week, Trade Cabinet CS Moses Kuria at an event in Eldoret asked Kenyans to drill their own oil wells to bring down the cost of fuel.

Mr Wainaina added that: “Any developing country must witness an increase in fuel and once the president has jetted back. . . we will engage him to consider reviewing the cost of fuel.’