Sh208 million jackpot winner elected Speaker

The rise and rise of Cosmas Korir

Bomet Speaker Cosmas Korir having a telephone conversation

Bomet MCAs have elected Cosmas Korir as the new Speaker of the Bomet County Assembly.

Korir was thrust into the limelight after he won the Sh208 million Sportpesa mega jackpot in 2018, by placing a bet of Sh100.

He now becomes the 4th speaker of Bomet after garnering 32 votes against former Kipsonoi MCA Weldon Kirui who was second with 6 votes.

Former Speaker Nelson Mutai was also among 10 candidates who were contesting for the seat.

I will work with all the members from across the political divide. I will ensure that your welfare is well taken care of,” Korir said after his election.

Elsewhere, immediate former Tetu MP James Gichuhi Mwangi was elected as the new speaker in the County Assembly of Nyeri.

He beat former nominated MCA Patrick Mutahi and Evans Irungu, who lost the Karima MCA seat in the August 9 election.

Korir revealed in a past interview that after winning the Sh208 million, he entered a car bazaar and walked away with a Toyota Landcruiser V8 which he bought for Sh12 million.

He also spent Sh2 million to construct a house in his rural area as he thought of what to do with the rest of the money.

Korir then acquired two residential apartment buildings for Sh50 million and Sh60 million which he earns a rental income of Sh400,000 and Sh500,000 monthly. He also bought a hotel for his wife and is constructing one for himself.

Apart from personal investments, Koris was also engaged in community projects including the acquisition of hospital equipment in Bomet and nurturing football talent.

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