Bomet MCAs have elected Cosmas Kipngetich Korir as the new Speaker of the County Assembly.
In the election conducted on Wednesday, 21st September, Korir emerged the winner, beating nine opponents.
Korir, who came into the limelight in 2018 after he won a Ksh208 million Sportpesa mega jackpot, garnered 32 votes in the first round of voting, beating former Kipsonoi Ward MCA Weldon Kirui, who came second with six votes.
Others, who contested the seat, were immediate former Speaker Nelson Mutai, Bomet UDA party coordinator Stephen Mutai, Ngeny Leonard, Bii Samoei, Sigei Leonard, Gilbert Rono, Dennis Sang, and Bernard Langat.
In his acceptance speech, Korir pledged to serve the assembly diligently and without discrimination.
“I will work with all the members from across the political divide. I will ensure that your welfare is well taken care of,” he stated.
Korir sought to become the MP for Konoin but failed to clinch the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket in the primaries.
Brighton Yegon secured the UDA party ticket and successfully defended his seat in the 9th August poll.
In 2017, the 36-year-old unsuccessfully vied for the parliamentary seat on a Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) ticket.
He now becomes the fifth Bomet County Assembly Speaker after John Langat, Geofrey Kipngetich, Shadrack Rotich, and Nelson Mutai.