Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop, the man who in 2017 gave Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Madango a run for his money, faces bankruptcy and the possibilities of not participating in the 2022 race are high. Buzeki since 2017 defeat has been on the ground laying strategies for the 2022 battle.
He is one of those who have shifted base to Chama Cha Mashidani whose leader is former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto. Many had expected Buzeki to shift the Baringo senator Gideon Moi Kanu party with other Kalenjin tycoons. However, Weekly Citizen has information, many Kalenjin politicians are avoiding openly associating or joining Kanu on the bad political rivalry between Gideon and deputy president William Ruto. They see CCM as neutral and likely to benefit from the spoils. Others say Gideon needs to move fast and market himself in Rift Valley as for now his rating is down. Recently he was in Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties. At Kemmosa in Nandi, religious leaders held inter-denominational prayers. They endorsed the senator for the presidency 2022. Nandi Kanu branch organized the function. Church leaders who officiated the function that has been dismissed by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi were led by Bishop Wilson Kirui and retired bishop of Eldoret ACK Thomas Kogo.
Politicians present were Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Tolgos, MP William Chepkut (Ainabkoi) and Silas Tiren (Moiben). Kesses MP Swarup Mishra who recently has been feeling political heat on the ground after he voted with anti-Ruto forces in parliament was not present. Mishra has been heckled in various public forums being labeled a traitor until he was forced to apologize. Weekly Citizen has information, Mishra is still close to the DP and one of his key financiers. Mishra’s move in parliament was aimed at helping him sit on the parliamentary health committee and had nothing with betrayal. The MP is the owner of Mediheal hospitals that operate in East and Central Africa. In parliament, he is pushing for a bill to have Kenyans enjoy local affordable treatment than fly outside the country spending millions when locals medics can manage. Mishra like Buzeki is among those being mentioned as eyeing Uasin Gishu governorship. Back to Buzeki Enterprises, a transport company linked to Kiprop, it owes Kenyatta family-owned NCBA Sh2.7billion.
Buzeki said to be facing serious financial troubles years back sold his milk investments to the Kenyatta’s.NCBA is according to court documents out to block Landmark Port Conveyors Ltd from auctioning 53 trucks and trailers owned by Buzeki over a Sh118 million loan. The bank said assets were financed using the Sh2.7 billion loan from NCBA. The High Court had given Landmark green light to auction the vehicles to recover Sh118 million after Buzeki defaulted on the repayment agreement signed in November 2018. NCBA an interested party appealed the High Court ruling. The bank, it has emerged from court documents holds moveable and immoveable properties belonging to Buzeki, including the 53 trucks and trailers, as security for the loan of Sh2.7 billion. The court has ruled that the 53 trucks and trailers be under attachment but not sold.
NCBA is to deposit Sh60 million in an interest-earning account within 30 days. Landmark, a freight and warehousing firm, on August 7, 2015 entered into an agreement with Buzeki to purchase two pieces of prime land worth Sh340 million in Mombasa. Landmark paid Buzeki Enterprises Sh105 million but according to documents seen by Weekly Citizen, Buzeki petitioned Landmark to review the agreement, prompting the latter to demand a refund of its money. Landmark owned by Peter Njenga moved to court and attached the 53 trucks and trailers. Njenga is one of the financiers of the Ruto presidency 2022. In fact, it is said in business circles, Njenga who is linked to alleged evasion of taxes is being used by Ruto to fix and financially cripple Buzeki. The firm was involved in the court battle with Kenya Bureau Of Standards over seized sugar from Brazil.