Higher Education minister Margaret Kamar has formally joined the race for Uasin Gishu governor. Speaking during the Kass Marathon award ceremony in Eldoret, Kamar said she hopes to be the first governor.
"We are hoping for better things next year when Kamar will be your governor," she said. The Eldoret East MP will be vying for the seat on an ODM ticket.
Kamar is a close ally of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and may not join William Ruto's United Republican Party, the most popular party in Rift Valley.
URP has so far attracted more than seven aspirants for the Uasin Gishu governor seat. Kamar comes from the Keiyo community, one of the most populous sub tribes in the Kalenjin community.
Her Eldoret East constituency has been rated among the best in the use of CDF in the region. Kamar becomes the third woman to declare her interest in the seat.
The others are Vesca Kangogo of URP and the former principal of Moi Girls High School Eldoret, Magdagline Sang, who will be vying on a TNA ticket.
Former Moi University lecturer Julius Bitok of URP is considered one of the leading aspirants for the seat with educationist Kennedy Misoi, who has expressed his interest on a Kanu ticket. Uasin Gishu is home to URP presidential aspirant William Ruto, who has declared that he will not back either of the hopefuls.
"The party issue will be critical in determining who will carry the day although as a cosmopolitan area other factors will also be on the fore", said Joseph Chumba, a county representative aspirant in Moiben.
Campaigns for the county's senator position have also intensified. Former MP Jesse Mmais and former State House Comptroller Abraham Kiptanui have declared their interest for the seat.