Dr. Swarup Kiprop Mishra and his supporters celebrate his win in Jubilee Party nominations on April 26, 2017./COURTESY
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,26TH APRIL 2017-Talk of extra ordinary happenings and a Kenyan of Asian origin S warup will tell you that they are real and they do happen .This is after he defied all odds and won Kesses parliamentary contest and may become the first non-Kalenjin to be elected to parliament in Uasin Gishu County.
Dr Swarup Mishra, the owner of Mediheal Group of Hospitals is leading with 21,672 votes against his closest challenger Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer who had garnered 4,258 votes with results of only one polling station remaining. The incumbent James Bett is trailing with 2,218 votes.
The journey to were he is now has not been a walk in the park any way he has had to endure several huddles and setbacks.He was at one point during the nominations sustained serious injuries after his supporters and those of his opponents clashed.
Dr Swarup who lives a noble life has become famous among the residents Kesses and Uasin Gishu County at large for his philanthropism.
Unlike his opponents, Dr Mishra set up a sophisticated campaign secretariat complete with staff and state of the art equipment. He also set up a parallel tallying centre where his team was monitoring results real time.
FOR HIM IT IS ABOUT GIVING TO SOCIETY
A story is told in Uasin Gishu county of a generous man ,aman described by those who have come close to him in the hour of need as a loving and caring heart.This man is non other than Mishra.The man has been generously contributing to community projects and waiving huge medicals bills for the locals a virtue that might have also played to his advantage.
The outspoken obstetric gynaecologist who is also the owner of Mediheal Group of Hospitals has declared that he will direct his salary to residents’ needy fund.
Dr Mishra who was born in Orissa, India in 1965 and is locally re referred to as ‘Kiprop’.
He has promised to donate a dairy cow in every house hold in Kesses as a token of appreciation if elected.
“I am going to donate a dairy cow for each house hold in the constituency should they elect me as their next member of parliament in the coming August general election,” said Dr Mishra.
Dr Mishra travelled from India to Kenya 18 years ago. Today, he is fully assimilated to Kenyan culture and in particular the Kalenjin culture.
Dr Mishra and his wife came to Kenya to seek opportunities. His wife Palavi Mishra had just gotten a job as a gynecologist in Eldoret.
The couple started investing in the medical sector and they now have hospitals in Eldoret, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kigali Rwanda.
UPESINEWS has also established that away from the medical sector, he engages in politics which he terms a hobby.
Dr Mishra promised to ensure that every homestead has piped water, good road network and good learning environment in public schools among other projects.
Apart from Mr Bett and Dr Mishra, other aspirants who were in the race included: Allan Kosgey, son to former cabinet minister Henry Kosgey, Former Eldoret South MP Mr David Koros and Uasin Gishu County speaker Isaac Terer.