A 24-year-old woman beat the odds to secure the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket to vie for the Bomet woman representative seat in the August 9th elections.
Linet Chepkorir, alias Toto, trounced 10 other aspirants who were eyeing the ticket in the UDA party nominations held on Thursday.
Chepkorir, who was considered an underdog in the race, garnered 53,934 votes ahead of Eunice Benson (27,711), Stacey Chepkemoi (26,808), Beatrice Tonui (20,495), Cecilia Mutai (16,644), Susan Koech (12,410) and Brenda Chepngetich (11,901).
She shot to fame early this year after her photos taken during an aspirants’ meeting at Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen residence went viral on social media. Toto was dressed in a yellow pullover and a cap.
Chepkorir, who graduated with a degree in procurement from Chuka University last year, grappled with financial challenges during her campaigns and relied on the support of friends and well-wishers.
“I decided to join politics and run for this seat because it has always been my dream to serve people,” Chepkorir said in a past interview.
“As a lady and having stayed with my mother at home for long, I know the challenges that women go through and my focus will be to support them with available resources allocated to the office.”