The 2008 Olympic 800m champion Wilfred Bungei and former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang have joined the murky waters in politics as they prepare to face the electorate in the 2017 general elections.
In the latest news, Bungei is set to announce his parliamentary contest for Emgwen Constituency in Nandi County while Kipsang wants to elected in Keiyo South parliamentary seat in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The duo will join a growing list of sportsmen and women who have taken up political dimensions in the country. Hust like the current IAAF president Sebastian Coe who won four Olympic gold medals and after retiring, he became the member of parliament with Conservative Party.
Bungei, if elected will unseat the current member of parliament Alex Kogey, the son of long serving minister Henry Kosgey while Kipsang will unseat current law maker Jackson Kiptanui who wants to go for gubernatorial post in the polls.
Kipsang announced his position earlier compared to Bungei who is set to announce officially his intentions next week in his home village of Kibirirsang.
Kipsang said “I want to officially announce that I will be in the parliamentary race for the Keiyo South MP seat next year. I want to be in parliament in 2017 to help my constituents and country to move forward.”
He further pointed out that he will help athletes in pursuing an appropriate legislative agenda in Parliament to resolve the challenges they have been facing.
The duo if they make it, they will join other sportsmen in the august hoes led by Cherangany MP Wesley Korir who won Boston marathon in 2012, Chesumei’s Elijah Lagat the winner of Boston marathon, Webuye West’s Dan Wanyama who was a volleyball player.
Road race specialist Bisluke Kipkorir is also eyeing Member of County Assemby seat just like his county mate and former world record holder Wilson Boit Kipketer.
Kipkorir is yearning to vie as Kimumu Ward representative in Uasin Gishu County to unseat the current leader Samuel Ruto who was also the Eldoert Mayor before the 2013 general elections