Ksh208 million jackpot winner Cosmas Korir clinches Bomet Speaker seat

Written by on 22 September 2022

Cosmas Korir, the man who hit headlines after winning a Ksh208 million Sportpesa mega-jackpot in 2018, is the new Speaker for the Bomet County Assembly.

Cosmas Korir is Bomet’s 4th Speaker

Korir floored nine opponents to be elected the fourth Speaker of the assembly in the poll conducted on Wednesday, September 21.

SportPesa’s Emily Gichuki hands over a dummy cheque of Ksh208,733,618 to jackpot winner Cosmas Korir at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi on October 3, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy

He garnered 32 votes in the first round of voting, beating former Kipsonoi ward MCA Weldon Kirui, who came second with a measly 6 votes.

Others, who contested for the seat, were immediate speaker Nelson Mutai, Bomet UDA party coordinator Stephen Mutai, Ngeny Leonard, Bii Samoei, Sigei Leonard, Gilbert Rono, Dennis Sang and Bernard Langat.

The new speaker pledged to serve the assembly diligently without discrimination.

“I will work with all the members from across the political divide. I will ensure that your welfare is well taken care of,” he said in his acceptance speech.

The businessman-cum politician unsuccessfully contested for MP seat in Bomet County’s Konoin constituency in 2017.

He became an internet sensation in September 2018 after bagging Ksh208,733,619 on a Ksh100 bet.

With the financial breakthrough, he has been involved in several community projects in Bomet including assisting locals with medical facilities at the Longisa County Referral Hospital, and nurturing talents through football competitions among others.

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