Questions arise as Bomet County hires vehicle for new Governor Barchok


Questions arise as Bomet County hires vehicle for new Governor Barchok
File Photo of then Bomet County Deputy Governor Dr. Hillary Barchok (LEFT) and vehicle allegedly hired ahead of his inauguration (RIGHT). PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes after pictures of a brand new high-end vehicle branded ‘GVN036B’ on Wednesday flooded the internet; with questions thereafter arising as to why Dr. Barchok would not just use the vehicles left behind by his predecessor, Dr. Joyce Laboso.
  • The incoming county chief hence came under sharp criticism with a section of political pundits terming the alleged action to buy new vehicles as extravagance.

Dr. Hillary Barchok is set to be sworn in as new Bomet County Governor on Thursday, but his administration is already facing a possible controversy.

This comes after pictures of a brand new high-end vehicle branded ‘GVN036B’ on Wednesday flooded the internet; with questions thereafter arising as to why Dr. Barchok would not use the vehicles left behind by his predecessor, Dr. Joyce Laboso, who succumbed to Cancer at the Nairobi Hospital on July 29, 2019.

The incoming county chief came under sharp criticism with a section of political pundits terming the alleged action to buy new vehicles as extravagance.

However, in a quick rejoinder issued on Thursday, the county government rubbished the claims that it had purchased for Dr. Barchok a new vehicle, adding that it (county) cannot even afford it.

A representative told Citizen TV that the county government had merely hired the vehicle for two days to facilitate Dr. Barchok’s Thursday inauguration and movement afterwards.

They are however yet to speak on the whereabouts of county vehicle used by former Governor Dr. Laboso during her tenure, before her demise.

Dr. Barchok will be sworn in as new Bomet Governor in a ceremony expected to be attended by, among others, Deputy President William Ruto, Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya as well as a host of Cabinet Secretaries.

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