A political defeat at the polls would discourage many candidates from running again,but Tito Koiyet seems emboldened to run again in this coming elections. If the song “Let me run again” was composed for anyone then it would certainly be Tito Koiyet’s theme song.
Tito Koiyet sought the parliamentary seat and failed to win since 2002 and in politics two defeats calls the phrase “perennial loser” to start preceding one’s name.
Political observers hypothesize that Koiyet seems doomed to defeat at the polls for a third round and it is easy to see why.
Koiyet is claimed to be a resident of Songich which is in Ainabkoi, Eldoret East. He is said to have just recently been constructing a house in Kosyin,where his parents reside.This makes Koiyet a solo player as he has no homeground support.
It’s also alleged that his family is not united behind his candidature as it’s public knowledge his uncle Gary Busienei,a prominent farmer,supports the incumbent MP Peris Simam.
He doesn’t also learn from past mistakes since in 2007 he run on the unpopular KADDU ticket and this time he is also running on another unpopular party UDM where he is the Deputy Secretary General.This is considered a betrayal to the community since UDM locked out Rift Valley leaders,a move that led to the formation of URP.
Having contested and lost before,analysts say Koiyet is a spent bullet with nothing new to offer. It’s however said that Koiyet has an an articulated vision plan that many could have supported and is a good public speaker.
It’s also reported that Koiyet disappears and only appears during campaign time. He resides in Nairobi and only comes to seek the peoples support only when elections are due.
Koiyet however has not given up,saying a quitter never wins. Pundits confirm that in any election all candidates are hopeful no matter how the odds stand.
It’s further rumoured that many are questioning what transpired while he worked at the Nyayo Tea Zones that led to his dismissal.
A close family member who sought anonymity said he has repeatedly told Koiyet to avoid being the laughing stock of the community. He further added that he hopes the electorate hands him the most humiliating loss to convince him to stay out of politics completely. It’s also rumoured that Koiyet is arrogant and can’t control his tempers.
Is Koiyet earmarked for a third time failure?