Jackson Mandago Biography
Jackson Mandago, born Jackson Kiplagat Mandago is a Kenyan politician who currently serves as the first Governor of Uasin Gishu County in Kenya. He was first elected Governor in 2013 and re-elected in 2017 for his second and final term. He is a member of the Jubilee Alliance Party.
Mandago was first elected in 2013 and had to fight hard against billionaire businessman Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki to win re-election in the August 8, 2017, general election on Jubilee Party ticket. Mandago is never shy of speaking his mind and has often found himself in trouble over some of the remarks he makes.
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 Age
Mandago was born in Uasin Gishu where he grew up and even schooled. Mandago was born on 5 May 1974 in Uasin Gishu, Kenya. He is 45 years old as of 2019. Mandago is a Kenyan by nationality and he belongs to black ethnicity.
Jackson Mandago Education Background
He was born in Uasin Gishu where he grew up and even schooled. Mandago holds a Master’s Degree in Procurement and Strategic Planning from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Chemistry from Kenyatta University.
Jackson Mandago Wife
He is married to Lucy Mandago an undergraduate student at Kenyatta University, Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Chemistry. Lucy Mandago if the first lady of Uasin Gishu county, the wife of Governor Jackson Mandago. Lucy is also fighting to enter into the political field.
Jackson Mandago Love Affair
In 2017, Governor Mandago had been put on the spot over his alleged romance with Joyce Kebenei who is the Vice-Chair Public Service Board of Uasin Gishu county. This came after a photo of him in a hat with the phrase “Baba Ya Warembo” went viral on social media, which didn’t go very well with many of the county residents seeing as he has a love child with a former kindergarten teacher Caroline Maina, who took him to court over failure to pay upkeep.
Brother of Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago found dead
The body of the Governor’s brother; John Kinyor, 56, was found by a plumber in an incomplete building at Chepkanga market in the outskirts of the town on 27 May 2019. The family said the body had an injury on the head. Kinyor was recently transferred to Eldoret from Kisumu. However, Kinyor had a farm near the area and had been seen with friends at the shopping center.
Jackson Mandago Political Positions
Mandago has previously worked at Teachers’ Service Commission, both as a teacher and as a commissioner before joining politics.
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.
“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 organized 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 is 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 learned 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
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Mandago faulted over Sh3bn wage bill, poor service delivery
• County has 3,282 employees, 75 percent of them from one dominant community
• The wage bill is unsustainable unless adequate measures are put in place to rectify the situation
Uasin Gishu county’s Sh3 billion wage bill as unsustainable, says Auditor General Edward Ouko in his financial year 2017-2018 report.
Ouko says Governor Jackson Mandago used 48 percent of revenue on salaries. This is more than the recommended 35 percent. The county had 3,282 employees as of June 30, 2018.
About 75 percent or 2,461 are from the dominant community contrary to the County Government Act 2012 which requires that at least 30 percent of the workers be from other communities
“The county government is in breach of the law and the wage bill may not be sustainable unless adequate measures are put in place,” the report says.
Ouko also questioned why the county government failed to provide its Finance Bill for approval by the assembly, hence there were questions as concerns the regularity of the county’s own generated receipts amounting to more than Sh801 million.
“Consequently the regularity of the county’s own generated receipts for the year could not be confirmed and hence the management is in breach of the law,” the Ouko report says.
He also questions the under-utilization of the more than Sh1.5 billion development budget, remarking that failure by the government to implement planned projects caused poor service delivery.
Ouko says the county was also given Sh95 million for leasing medical equipment but Ziwa and Burnt Forest hospitals did not receive theatre machines, radiology machines, and other facilities as per the budget.
The Auditor General was unable to confirm that the county had assets valued at more than Sh7.3 billion because the accuracy and completeness of the list of assets were not satisfactory.
Nine major projects of the county costing Sh331 million had stalled at the time of the audit and the county did not explain how they would be completed.
Published: 21 March 2019