By Charles Ngeno
In Konoin Constituency of Bomet County, three youthful aspirants have made clear their intentions to contest. They are Nickson Langat, Geoffrey Kipngetich Korir and Wesly Korir.
The aspirants, all in their early 30s, have promised to mobilise the youth, who form the largest percentage of the voting bloc to rally behind them.
Dr Langat, who lectures at Kenyatta University, says his campaign pillar is strengthening the capacity of the youth.
Langat, a PhD holder in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Kenyatta University aims at bringing all the professionals and investors together to generate income ventures in the region along their professional lines.
“The era where an individual used to say they would do this or that is long gone. What the constituency needs is an individual who would bring together different groups that would look for ways of generating employment for the youth. I am prepared to do exactly that,” says Mr Langat.
When studying for his doctorate degree Langat says he made a discovery on improved technology of processing green tea. If elected, he says he would look for investors to built a factory to process green tea.
“Green tea is a special product which is a beverage and a medicinal product that fights cancerous cells and blood pressure,” adds Langat who says he is still consulting his supporters on which party to contest.
Mr Kipngetich, a practising lawyer in Bomet and Kericho Counties, wants to push for the youth agenda in all platforms in terms of legislations.
He hopes to bring all the stakeholders in the tea sector to work towards the improvement of the lives of the locals.
“Tea farmers have been undermined because of weak legislation. Farmers need to be properly paid for their tea. The prices are too low,” says Korir who has already identified United Republican Party (URP) as his party of choice.