Bet­ting boss in chop­per shells out just Sh20K

His ri­val Knut of­fi­cial, ar­rived on a boda boda, do­nat­ing Sh30,000 for class­rooms

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - JOSEPH KANGOGO @TheS­tarKenya

Hun­dreds of peo­ple had gath­ered since morn­ing in Ch­esongo vil­lage, Baringo Cen­tral sub­county, at a school haram­bee — waiting for mana from heaven.

Then came the much-an­tic­i­pated whir of chop­per blades and a cloud of dust as a VIP landed.

Gam­bling and Bet­ting Board di­rec­tor and gov­er­nor aspi­rant Si­mon Chel­ugui alighted to ap­plause. But the crowd was dis­ap­pointed by his Sh20,000 gift.

The tar­get was Sh3.5 mil­lion for new class­rooms at Ch­esongo Pri­mary School.

Then the gam­bling boss, def­i­nitely not a high roller, was off to his next cam­paign stop.

His ri­val Stan­ley Kip­tis, Knut ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary in El­dama-Ravine, ar­rived shortly af­ter­ward on a boda boda. He gave $30,000. Res­i­dents no­ticed the dif­fer­ence.“I was here by 8am pre­par­ing meals, ex­pect­ing guests, in­clud­ing Chel­ugui, would help us meet the tar­get to com- plete the class­rooms. Shock­ingly, he only gave Sh20,000,” res­i­dent Charles Ki­bowen said.

Ki­bowen won­dered why he landed in an ex­pen­sive chop­per, only to part with a pal­try sum. He should have sent money via M-Pesa. Chel­ugui said the chop­per en­abled him to cover more ground. He and oth­ers are chal­leng­ing Gov­er­nor Benjamin Che­boi.

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