The Sunkuli family factor has started popping up in Kilgoris politics yet again with calls on the brothers to come together or they be hanged separately in 2022. Some analysts even claim the family is politically cursed and they need to be cleansed ahead of next general elections. Two brothers Charles and Andrew are currently fighting it out for the coveted Narok governorship slot come next year’s general elections. This will however not be the first time for the family to present two brothers to vie for same position. In 2013, Andrew and Julius unsuccessfully ran for the senatorial seat. That time, Julius, Kenyan ambassador to China, resigned to vie for the seat on a TNA ticket where he garnered 51,200 votes against his brother Andrew’s 77,000 votes as an independent candidate. Now, it is Andrew versus Charles whose eyes are set on the governor’s seat next year.
In 2013, the two lost the chance to produce the first senator in Narok county after devolution as they were trounced by Stephen Ntutu of URP who got 94,000 votes. The two combined votes outweighed that of Ntutu. In 2022, the brothers want to replace second term governor Samuel Tunai and are likely to repeat the same drama. Charles is Devolution principal secretary while his elder brother, Andrew, is a businessman in Nairobi. The duo who hail from Kilgoris constituency have on different occasions been endorsed by elders to vie for the seat leaving the electorate divided on who between them, could make a better governor.
Andrew was endorsed by elders from the Moitanik clan to vie for the gubernatorial position only a week after his brother Charles had been unveiled by another group of elders. “I thank my Moitanik clan for choosing me as their preferred governor in 2022. I am grateful to the larger Sunkuli family for settling on me,” said Andrew during a ceremony. He challenged his brother Charles to be vigilant in selling their manifesto to the residents saying politics is not about endorsement but how you present yourself to the people. James ole Kaipoi, a retired chief endorsed Andrew for the seat and asked Charles to back him. Douglas Sunkuli, the chairman of the larger Sunkuli family and their spokesperson is not supporting Charles. Charles is former director of Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority and has support of former minister Julius.
Others who have shown interest in the top most seat in the county include Labour chief administrative secretary Patrick Ntutu. Ntutu is being backed by Governor Tunai. Charles and Andrew are younger brothers to Julius. Julius represented the Kilgoris constituency from 1997 to 2002. In 2017, Julius vied for the Kilgoris parliamentary seat but lost to Gideon Konchellah. The 2013 Narok gubernatorial elections race had Daniel Talengo (independent), John Konchellah (Kanu), Joseph ole Tiampati ( Kenya National Congress), Johnson Parsamet (Orange Democratic Movement), Francis Simiren (Wiper Democratic Movement), Ledama ole Kina (independent and Samuel ole Tunai of URP. Tunai won.