Bomet Woman rep-elect Linet Chepkoror alias Toto became an internet sensation after she declared her bid for an elective seat in the August 9, elections.
From being blocked from attending a UDA meeting at William Ruto’s residence, the 24-year-old faced so many obstacles including shallow pockets to fund her campaigns.
After she won the UDA nominations, Toto was promised a car by Bomet Governor Hillary Barchok but she could not even afford to fuel it prompting her to use a motorbike during her campaigns.
While her rivals traveled the county in fuel guzzlers, Chepkorir used motorcycles and vehicles that were provided and fuelled by her supporters and well-wishers to get to campaign locations.
After the General Election held on August 9, Linet Chepkorir, who said she used only KSh 100,000 for her entire campaign made history by being elected as the youngest woman representative.
Chepkorir, who vied on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, amassed 242,775 votes to floor her closest competitor, Alice Migo, who got 42,171 votes.
Since clinching her victory, the little-known Bachelor of Business Administration graduate from Chuka University has been on a lauding spree thanking all those who helped her to the seat.
Among those she thanked include Gideon Cheruiyot, a boda boda rider who she claimed carried her during all her campaign period.
On Tuesday, August 23, Bomet Woman rep-elect took to her social media to celebrate Gideon for his passion in enabling her to go to all meetings safely and on time.
“On this day, allow me to thank my “driver” Gideon Cheruiyot who dedicated his time to carry me around in his Bodaboda, which was my official vehicle. Because of his passion, I was able to go to all meetings safely and on time. God bless you, Gideon,” she said.
The post elicited sharp reactions as netizens flooded the comment section asking the youngest legislator to reward her ‘driver’ for the work well done.
Here are some of the comments;
“Sasa umnunulie boda mpya kwa mshahara wako wa kwanza.”
“Do something, mnunulie ubber.”
“Mpe kazi kama personal assistant, driver or bodyguard.”
Engineer Anderson Aso;
“Make him you husband.”