Second ex-Jubilee tycoon hints at running for president after Wanjigi’s bid

In what now appears as a trend that was first started in the USA after real estate magnate and previous political financier Donald Trump decided to come out from the peripheries and gun for the top seat himself instead of supporting others to do it, Kenyan tycoons seem to be doing the same. Having supported both Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga in their quests for the presidency, Jimi Wanjigi decided he himself would go for the seat. Now, another tycoon who was in Jubilee supporting Uhuru’s second term bid has said he will go for the presidency.

Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop, popularly known as Buzeki was speaking after he made an appearance on K24 for an interview with the station’s leading news presenter, Daniel Kituu.

Buzeki said that presently his energies are focused on clinching the Uasin Gishu governor seat after the incumbent, Jackson Mandago, retires next year. Having decamped from Jubilee party and joined Isaac Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani, CCM, only for CCM to join DP William Ruto’s camp, Buzeki who has now been left without a party after quitting as the CCM Secretary General hinted at starting his own party.

He said that while he hopes to become Uasin Gishu governor for now, his ultimate goal is to be president of the country, and for this to happen, he needed a firm and strong political party.

He said the biggest problem with the current crop of parties in the country is that they are either out to fool their supporters into voting for them on the basis of false promises which are later on never fulfilled, or to swindle some of its supporters who have resources into supporting them financially. Promising to found a party that will have mwananchi’s interests at heart, and with sound structures, he said that some of these parties were simply means for the founders to make cash.

He gave the example of Jubilee and the smart card program. In the program which later failed and was scrapped off, the party encouraged members to buy a 20 shillings smart card which was going to identify them as voters of the party. Buzeki said he lost two million in the purchase of the cards.

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