Jackson Mandago Biography
Jackson Mandago was born in 1974. He is a Kenyan politician and the governor of Uasin Gichu county. He is the member of United Republican Party and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance.
Jackson Mandago has been described by locals as an astute politician with less tolerance to non-performers. And indeed, few individuals will refute the fact that the county’s headquarters, Eldoret town has realised appreciable sanity courtesy of Jackson Mandago.
Jackson Mandago has an equal share of credit and criticism for driving hawkers out of Eldoret CBD. In June 2016, several street families staged a major demonstration along the Eldoret streets in protest of killings that are allegedly perpetrated by the police, with the governor being blasted for not addressing the issue as expected.
He has also been faulted for entrusting prime county government positions to people from his political backyards.
Jackson Mandago Education Background
Masters in Procurement and Strategic Planning-Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA).
Undergraduate student at Kenyatta University, Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Chemistry
Jackson Mandago Political Positions
Started April 2013: Governor of Uasin Gichu county
Coalition member of Jubilee Alliance
Member of United Republican Party
Jackson Mandago Job History
Teachers’ Service Commission
Jackson Mandago on fund misuse
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago was accused by Senator Isaac Melly of misusing county funds. Melly and his supporters said that Jackson Mandago used more than Sh 10 million to host a homecoming parade in Eldoret town when he returned from Nairobi, where he recorded a statement with the DCI on the Moi University VC saga.
Melly says it was embarrassing for the governor to use county resources in such a manner yet it faces acute shortage of drugs. “The governor and his top officers must undergo a lifestyle audit. They have been spending public funds on questionable matters not beneficial to residents,” he said.
But Jackson Mandago supporters met in Eldoret and threatened to protest in Eldoret against the senator, whom they accused of making false claims against the governor.
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“Melly is the one who should tell us the whereabouts of more than Sh 9 million raised for orphans,” resident Jane Maiyo said. She said the senator was part of a team that organised a fundraiser, but the money is yet to be accounted for.
Melly says the county has little to show for the more than Sh20 billion so far disbursed by the Treasury. He said Mandago has been taking credit for projects funded by the World Bank, European Union and national government. Mandago has denied misusing Sh2 billion. He said Melly has not been in the county and, therefore, does not know whether money has been used.
Jackson Mandago on tribalism claims
Two Governors have come out to strongly defend the position they took over last week’s Moi University saga stating that they were against delays in the process of appointing a substantive head at the institution.
Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart, Alex Tolgos also clarified that at no time did they declare that ‘outsiders’ were not wanted at the University.
“This is a misconception created which we wish to correct. At no time did we say or imply that we wanted our own to lead the University. We regret the fact that we have been branded tribalists, which we are not,” they said in a joint statement to the media.
The governors reiterated their earlier stand that they stood for merit in the appointment of the next Moi University Vice Chancellor (VC) and demanded that the recruitment process be immediately made public to end the ongoing speculations.
They added that their presence at the University was to quell tensions that had swelled between the administration and employees who had staged a demonstration at the institution.
“We wish to state that we did not go to Moi University to do anything else but to quell a demonstration and confrontations that had already broken out. This is something Kenyans are not being told,” they said.
The Governors said they were at Rivatex Company, owned by Moi University, on Tuesday to attend a function whose chief guest was Chinese Ambassador to Kenya H.E Lui Xianfa.
According to the governors, it was at the function that they learnt of the upheavals at the University’s main campus in Kesses.
“We were both informed of the situation at Moi University and decided to rush alongside other leaders to address the issues. It is while there that we found an agitated workforce and community members who were demanding a substantive VC to address their long standing grievances,” they added.
One of the main grievances was the planned decision by the University to outsource services at the institution and render hundreds of workers jobless.
“The lower cadre employees felt that they needed the plan shelved to allow a substantive VC to handle the issue. That was the reason they demanded Prof Isaac Kosgey be appointed as he had led in the interviews,” said the Governors.
Jackson Mandago and Tolgos expressed concern that they had been vilified without a fair hearing adding it was unfair for government agencies including the Interior Ministry and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to accuse them of incitement.
“We have unfairly been branded tribalists when in actual sense, we have been asking that the Cabinet Secretary appoint the person who came first in the interview for VC to urgently address the many issues at the University, which a person in acting capacity would have limited liberty to do,” they said.
The Governors challenged Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i and the University Council to make public the outcome of the interviews conducted for the VC position at Moi University saying the delay to release the results was the cause of tensions.
source: Standard Digital