Buzeki zooms past Mandago in new popularity poll

The survey by Ipsos shows that Buzeki has the support of more than half of the residents.

Uasin Gishu Governor aspirant Bundotich Kiprop aka Buzeki. PHOTO: COURTESY

Uasin Gishu County could be looking at a new boss come August 9, if results of a new opinion poll are anything to go by.

A new survey shows that the incumbent Jackson Mandago is losing to his bitter rival Zedekiah Kiprop Bundotich alias Buzeki in the the gubernatorial race with only 24 days to the elections.

Jackson Mandago
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. PHOTO: UASIN GISHU DECIDES

The results of the popularity survey shows that about 54 percent of the electorate in the county prefer the leadership of billionaire businessman Buzeki compared to 42.1 percent who want the status quo to remain.

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The survey involved about 900 respondents spread across 6 sub counties and 30 wards in Uasin Gishu.

Speaking soon after the results of the survey were released, Mandago laughed off the survey saying they are as unreal as they come.

Mandago has it that the polls have always shown that Buzeki is more popular, but he has never won.

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“If you ask any ‘synovates’ Buzeki is always winning, why hasn’t he won the elections yet? But the real ‘synovate’ is the residents,” he noted.

A confident Mandago went on to boast how he enjoys about 70 percent of the local people’s support, but didn’t elaborate how he came up with the numbers.

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The two will be facing each other on August 8 after newcomer Buzeki refused to step down for Mandago following a request by Deputy President William Ruto who sought Jubilee’s unity in the region.

Uasin Gishu had one of the most contested gubernatorial races during the April primaries although the incumbent turned victorious.