Double Olympic champion and 800M world record holder, David Rudisha will be vying for Kilgoris parliamentary seat as an independent candidate in the August 9 polls.
The 33 year-old was cleared to run for the seat by the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Rudisha will also have to resign from the police force to be able to venture into the murky waters of politics as he seeks to succeed Kilgoris MP Mr. Gideon Konchellah, who has shifted gears and focus to the Narok senatorial seat.
Rudisha will face seven other aspirants who are fighting for the vacant seat. They include former Internal Security Minister Mr Julius Sunkuli, former National Environment Management Authority (Nema) board chairperson Mr John Dalton Konchellah, and former Rift Valley Education Director Mr John Ololtua.
In a clearance letter by the IEBC, the two time world 800m champion has been cleared to vie for the Kilgoris seat.
The letter further reveals that the 2014 commonwealth Games silver medallist doesn’t subscribe to any political party and that he would vie as an independent candidate.
“Reference is made to the subject matter and your letter dated 29 April 2022 on the intention to contest election as Member of National Assembly, Kilgoris Constituency. Pursuant to Article 85 of the Constitution and Section 34(fa) of the Political Parties Act 2011, David Lekuta Rudisha, is not a member of any registered party.”
The 2006 World champion was forced out of active running due to his long standing groin injury.
Rudisha is the first and only person to ever run 800m under 1:41 and he holds the three fastest, six of the eight fastest, and half of the twenty fastest times ever run in this event.