The race for the 2022 Matisi ward representative in Trans Nzoia County has gained momentum, months after the incumbent, Obed Mwale, declared interest to vie for the senatorial seat.
The race has largely attracted youthful aspirants who have been criss crossing the cosmopolitan ward on a charm offensive with a belief that the electorate will still elect a young and vibrant leader.
Among the hopefuls is Mr. Mwale’s personal assistant Nelson Kereti who swung in to vote hunting the moment he learned his boss had a higher ambition in his endeavour to unseat Senator Michael Mbito.
“I have worked with the current MCA and have learned a lot from him. I wish to continue his development agenda if my dream to succeed him in the 2022 general elections materializes,” said Mr. Kereti.
The father of two will be banking on his rich experience in the field of leadership as a stepping stone in the crowded field that will see voters scrutinize each aspirant based on what they intend to deliver.
“I have served in several capacities on several youth groups among them the County Youth Bunge where I rose to the rank of the county secretary. I have also helped in mentoring several groups,” Mr. Kereti spoke in an interview.
Among his top priorities if elected is the launch of youth and women empowerment development programmes geared towards accelerating socio-economic development within the ward which is densely populated.
“I will, for instance, set up a Sacco for Boda Boda riders to help them pool their resources to achieve their strategic development goals through provision of loans to members,” he said.
Mr. Kereti said he will also further development projects like the one of gases for women launched by the current MCA in addition to other economic empowerment projects through the devolution agenda.
Judging by a recent online opinion poll where he emerged victorious, Mr. Kereti is a threat to his competitors who include Dennis Syambi, Lennox Juma Wafula, Joseph Karanja, Joseph Juma, Alice Khisa Barasa and John Khisa Simiyu among others