WIL­FRED BUNGEI: RUN FOR BUNGE, VOT­ERS TELL BUNGEI

WIL­FRED BUNGEI / “The call from the peo­ple for Bungei to run came as no sur­prise... he is the only top ath­lete who re­mained in his na­tive vil­lage while oth­ers mi­grated to the com­fort of their man­sions in El­doret.”

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - IBRAHIM ORUKO @orukoi

Af­ter con­quer­ing the world on the track, Wil­fred Bungei has set his eyes on yet an­other im­por­tant mis­sion.

An an­i­mated pub­lic in his vil­lage in Emg­wen Con­stituency has forced the 2008 Olympics 800m gold medal­ist to aban­don his well-earned re­tire­ment.

They want him to rep­re­sent them in Par­lia­ment in place of the ever-ab­sent in­cum­bent MP Alex Kos­gey.

“I have a lot of en­ergy for the task,” says the track king, con­firm­ing that he is firmly in the race for the Emg­wen par­lia­men­tary seat.

“Emg­wen has a lot of po­ten­tial but the peo­ple feel aban­doned be­cause of an MP who is nei­ther in the con­stituency nor is he hardly ever in Par­lia­ment.

“His lead­er­ship is not be­ing felt by the peo­ple.”

It is pre­cisely be­cause of these chal­lenges that Bungei has found him­self a sub­ject of dis­cus­sion in a com­mu­nity that feels alien­ated by a leader they over­whelm­ingly elected in 2013.

So ex­cited is the elec­torate that the moniker of “act­ing MP” is al­ready be­ing thrown in the way of the cham­pion as an ex­pres­sion of their dis­plea­sure with the MP.

The MP’s dis­ap­pear­ing act has left the cham­pion with no op­tion but to hon­our the wish of the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents.

“I have all that is re­quired to pro­vide lead­er­ship in the con­stituency. I am in the prime of youth and I have the ideas and the will to trans­form the con­stituency.”

The call from the peo­ple for Bungei to run came as no sur­prise.

First, he is the only top ath­lete who re­mained in his na­tive vil­lage af­ter hit­ting the big time while oth­ers mi­grated to the com­fort of their man­sions in El­doret, Nairobi and other cities.

Se­condly, he has a his­tory of help­ing the com­mu­nity in the best way he can. With his co-run­ner Wil­liam Yi­ampoy, they con­structed Kip­taragon Academy in Nandi with their own re­sources as one way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

He has also con­nected his vil­lage to the na­tional elec­tric­ity grid and used his re­sources to con­nect elec­tric­ity in other peo­ple’s homes.

“Lead­er­ship is about in­flu­enc­ing the peo­ple and given an op­por­tu­nity I can do more,” he says.

From the track Bungei tran­si­tioned into busi­ness - in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. The busi­ness pro­vided a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to him. “It was an un­known field for me, but, through God’s will, the busi­ness has picked up and is do­ing well.

I have the ca­pac­ity to mul­ti­task; run the busi­ness and rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Emg­wen in Par­lia­ment,” says the man who cap­tained the na­tional team to the Bei­jing Olympics in 2008.

“I HAVE ALL THAT IS RE­QUIRED TO PRO­VIDE LEAD­ER­SHIP IN THE CON­STITUENCY. I AM IN THE PRIME OF YOUTH AND I HAVE IDEAS.”

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