Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago is poised to defect to Kanu, a source has revealed.
The move follows a series of intimidation that has seen governors allied to DP William Ruto succumbed to fear and join the BBI bandwagon for fear of arrest and prosecution.
Yesterday, DP Ruto confirmed that governors not singing the BBi reggae tune are being threatened with arrest and prosecution and finally hounded out of office.
Mandago will be one of the many statics led by former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu who was impeached. Others include Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, Narok governor Samuel Tunai and Samburu governor Moses lenolkul.
The heat has been too much for governor Mandago who has been receiving frequent guest from the EACC for the past 6 months. File after file they scan through keen to find the simply of charges like obstruction of justice because of a missing invoice.
Many thought that a Nandi warrior he claims to be, Mandago would stand by his elder brother, Ruto through thick and thin to the end, especially at this time when the man from Sugoi is going through many challenges.
But that was not to be. Today Mandago met emissaries sent by Kanu chairman Gideon Moi led by Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Talgos at a city hotel in a meeting that lasted close to 3 hours.
Sources indicate it’s only a matter of time before Mandago officially defects to Kanu where he is expected to vie for the Senate seat once his term ends. He said he need time to consult, his wife and conscience maybe.
Like ODM, Kanu is a safe haven. Tolgos defected a few months ago, and he admits in whispers that he can’t remember the last time EACC detectives who had become frequent guests, visited.
Investigations file that were touching on irregular supply of fuel to the county through his proxy companies, went missing. Today he is a free man. To cap it call, he was given the responsibility of leading BBI campaigns in the larger Rift Valley.
Soon Mandago will be twerking his fingers showing the jogoo sign, a move that will likely not auger well with the residents of Uasin Gishu. If he survives impeachment, then he wont’t survive retirement.
You see, Tolgos maybe short, but he is not short in wisdom. He read the signs of time, and played his cards right in time before he was dragged to the courts on trumped up corruption charges.
The short man from Marakwet may have effused this wisdom to his long time friend and fellow governor–Jackson Mandago.