Tim Kipchumba, Jerotich Seii Ditch UDA After Missing Ticket

Tim Kipchumba and Jerotich Seii have been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run for the Elgeyo Marakwet Senate seat in the upcoming by-election.

Kipchumba is running under the flag of The Party for Peace and Development (a Kenya Kwanza affiliate party), while Seii is running under the flag of the Safina Party.

The two previously sought the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket in the race, but were defeated in the primaries last week by former Marakwest West MP William Kisang.

“We are still in the race. Thank you, Safina Party, for enabling me to float away to safety from the UDA party primaries in Elgeyo Marakwet County. I remain a stalwart supporter of H.E. @WilliamsRuto and the mission of Kenya Kwanza. This isn’t on him,” Seii wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“This by-election is an opportunity for Elgeyo Marakwet to see the ethos of our president, where every hustler deserves a fair chance. We have total faith in the credibility of IEBC to deliver a fair and credible election, similar to the August 9th Elections,” Kipchumba said in a statement.

The real estate developer and Seii are now in a race with three other IEBC-approved candidates to succeed CS Murkomen.

Kipchumba has since assured supporters that if elected, he will work with the government to promote county development.

“On successful election, I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to streamline the process of nominations, in the Elections Act, to ensure that no other young potential leader will be denied an equal chance to lead this nation,” he stated.

During the nominations on November 26, 2022, Kisang received 28,126 votes, followed by Kipchumba with 26,756 votes and Jonah Tanui with 26,735 votes.

Following that, Kipchumba and Tanui rejected the election results, claiming that the nomination process was not transparent.