A video showing supporters of UDA gubernatorial aspirant Kericho Erick Mutai contributing money to his rally has gone viral after he defied the tides of traditional political ways in Kenya.
The video seen by Kenyans.co.keshowed a number of supporters handing notes to the campaigning aspirant atop his political campaign vehicle.
Mutai was forced to ask a member of his campaign team to fetch a bag as notes started pouring in from the crowd who decided to conduct an impromptu fundraiser ahead of the UDA nominations.
The contender has so far been a little-known speaker, but has caught the eye due to his popularity – giving former Devolution CS Charles Keter a run for his money.
The crowd chanted Mutai’s name before breaking into a song. Sources suggested the mob decided to fund his campaign trail across the county by fueling his campaign vehicles and paying his team.
Mutai, who was surprised by the gesture of humility, expressed his gratitude to the fans amid tears of joy. He echoed his sentiments in a public comment on his social media platforms.
“The great people of Litein came out in large numbers to welcome and engage us tonight. I was truly touched and blessed by the scammers who spontaneously raised funds to fund my campaign,” he said.
The viral video sent shockwaves due to its orthodox nature – normally it would be the wannabe doling out money to his supporters during political campaigns. Most Kenyans argued that it should be adopted nationwide.
Kenyans.co.ke established that Erick Kipkoech Mutai is a professor of literature and communication at the University of Embu. Holder of a doctorate in philosophy (PhD), he threw himself into the political ring to succeed the outgoing governor of Kericho County, Paul Chepkwony.
Mutai will face Keter, Deputy Governor Lily Ng’ok and Fred Kirui for the UDA ticket in the upcoming nominations.
The 38-year-old speaker has established himself as a force to be reckoned with, sending ripples through the murky waters of Kericho County politics. Vice President William Ruto’s party will be tested in another county that is one of his strongholds.
So far, the UDA has reached a consensus on Kiambu’s senatorial seat. As part of the Kenya Kwanza party coalition, Senator Johnson Sakaja, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Senator Nominee Millicent Omanga have been shortlisted as candidates for the governorship of Nairobi. seats of senator and female representative.
Johnson Sakaja speaking after his endorsement for governorship by Kenya Kwanza leaders in Karen on April 9, 2022.