Dr. Erick Kipkoech Mutai, Embu University lecturer who lives in Bureti Subcounty is a talk of villages and towns being poised to take over from Governor Paul Chepkwony.
Our random popularity survey ranks him ahead of all candidates who have declared interest for the seat.
The hustler, who lost both parents at a tender age was forced to do odd jobs such as hawking Mutumba in Litein and Kapkatet to make ends meet and to pay for his school fee.
Having operated several small business such as a nyama choma joint in Kapkatet shopping centre knows all troubles faced by the common mwanainchi.
His bold, articulate and seasoned oratory skills full of wisdom has sent jitters to the ‘who is who’ of the county who have been used to installing their relatives and cronies to leadership posts to later be used as conduits to syphon public resources.
He says for along time, the poor have been held hostage and mute by a few individuals who literally control the oxygen of Kericho.
“We will end this habit of intimidation and suffocating the poor people who speak their minds. I will be the voice of hope to these people who have for along time faced oppression,” he said
He adds that his economic blueprint will awaken Kericho by supporting the rise of cottage and manufacturing industry to create jobs for the many jobless youth.
Having watched a network of corruption at the devolved unit perpetrated by big men at the executive who award themselves contracts, Mutai says no member of his executive will be allowed to trade with the county government.
” To transform economy of the entire county, every Subcounty will have its own processing or manufacturing flagship project,” he said
He says a Maize miller will be set up in Kedowa(Kipkelion East), a coffee processing factory in Kipkelion West, Dairy Processor in Belgut, Fruit processing factory in Bureti while Ainamoi will be an industrial hub and provide room of expansion of the green town.
The 37-year old says Kericho is not a home to children of a lesser God but should be stirred just like other counties who have benefited from devolution.
Mutai, born and bred in Kericho, attended Rungut primary school in Bureti, Litein Boys for secondary education, Maseno University for first degree, Kabianga for Masters and Laikipia for PhD.
On health sector, he says, though Prof. Chepkwony has tried his best, more need to be done adding that when he takes over, Kericho County Referral will have a state-of- the art Cancer Centre and a fully equipped renal unit.
He says he will leave no stone unturned in the critical sector because healthy people are wealthy people.
” Counties receive a lot of money. So I don’t see a reason why our people need to travel to Eldoret and Nairobi for specialist treatment. We will use devolved funds to revamp this critical sector,” he said
Since he declared interest in the seat, Mutai has gotten an overwhelming support from the youth, women and even the business community who have been frustrated by corrupt and selfish individuals.
” This is the person whom we have been waiting to liberate us from historical bondage that has impoverished us for ages,” Ben Koech from Kipkelion said